About Son of a Ghost

Coinciding with the construction of the hotel, Robert selected 11 of his mother’s paintings and embarked on a journey to collaborate with her work. Alongside designers and fabricators Maya Pen and Mitchell Richmond, Robert wrote a series of letters exploring his relationship to his mother. These letters were then encased in epoxy and surrounded by his visual associations to her work. These compositions act as a top layer to her paintings, carved with windows through which Mary Beth’s original work can be seen. The outcome of this deeply personal journey entitled, “Son of a Ghost,” reflects Robert’s complex relationship with his mother, his understanding of success, and his pursuit of an authentic grieving process. The Mary Beth Hotel will be imbued with the conversations this work inspires, and as the space evolves guests will be invited to participate directly with its themes.