Tracing Boards draw their name from the illustrated boards used as a teaching tool to depict the symbolic imagery used in Freemasonry. Tracing boards were never seen by anyone outside of the lodge, and never by women. Made specifically for the Freehand Hotel in New York City— which was formerly George Washington Hotel built in 1928— Tracing Board 1 (23 Lexington Ave, New York) and Tracing Board 2 (23 Lexington Ave, New York) depict a combination of the patterns of Art Deco and Freemasonry, revealing an intersection of the histories of the site.




Tracing Board 1 (23 Lexington Ave, New York), 2018, hand-painted ceramic tile and grout on panel, 23.25 x 44.25 inches


Detail of Tracing Board 1 (23 Lexington Ave, New York)


Tracing Board 2 (23 Lexington Ave, New York), 2018, hand-painted ceramic tile and grout on panel, 23.25 x 44.25 inches


Detail of Tracing Board 2 (23 Lexington Ave, New York)