I call the drawings “narrative structures” because each consists of a network of lines and notations which are meant to convey a story, typically about a recent event of interest to me, like the collapse of a large international bank, trading company, or investment house. One of my goals is to explore the interaction of political, social and economic forces in contemporary affairs. Working from syndicated news items and other published accounts, I begin each drawing by compiling large amounts of information about a specific bank, financial group or set of individuals. My purpose throughout is to interpret the material by juxtaposing and assembling the notations into a unified, coherent whole. Every statement of fact and connection depicted in the work is true and based on information culled entirely from the public record.

Mark Lombardi