I rescue, salvage, and recycle other people’s words.
Browsing through garage sales, street markets and used bookstores I search for interesting, preferably discarded, old books. When I find a good candidate I explore every page. Like an archeologist I hunt for the words that speak to me with new meaning. Intuitively, one word at a time, they turn into a kind of haiku or philosophical poetry that I can call my own.
At some unpredictable point along the way, in my mind, the images start to invent themselves. Using colored vellums, graphite and or India ink to highlight or obscure my words; I create the image of that invention. Though I strive to make each document visually engaging I find it is the words that I value most.
The majority of this work comes from several different copies of The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson printed from 1887 to 1927. Something about working with these pages quietly reminds me that a part of our culture is about recycling ideas.
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What drives me to create such works?
Perhaps the answer is far simpler than one might think. Like the earliest petroglyphs were the inevitable conclusion of man discovering simple pigments and having access to cave walls, this almost seems to be the inevitable conclusion when a self-aware, literate artist has access to bookstore shelves. It's a bit more sophisticated than a hand print and some crude depictions of game hunting but perhaps it's the same in spirit: a depiction of the cerebral survival of man in a world of thoughts running wilder and faster than ever before across the great planes of the internet; which exists outside of the shelter these pages can provide when needed. In this correlation, the spirit of man is revealed once again to be as timeless as ever.
Artist Bio / CV
Gallery Aferro, Newark, New Jersey, “Glossolalia” September - October 2006
Taking The Leap, Hollis Street Project, Emeryville, California, “Comotion” Jan. - Febuary 2005.
Kellogg Gallery, California State Polytechnic University , Pomona , California , “Ink & Clay 31”, January 2005.
University of Southern California , Philosophy Library, Los Angeles , California , “My Words”, September 2004.
A Street Gallery, Santa Rosa , California , “Word Up”, August 2004.
Gallery 114, Portland , Oregon , “Collecting Words On And Off The Page”, February 2004.