Artist’s Notes for Vestiges - 2001
In this series I depart from using poems as a direct element in my work and instead use the origin of language itself as a source for content and graphic inspiration. Where I once used detritus picked up in the woods or along the road here I continue to use abandoned wooden artifacts such as scythe handles (called snaths), a rake, and an artist’s model of a hand now in combination with knotted industrial waxed linen to form hybrids. The series Vestiges is a meditation on the origin of words based upon their etymological roots as well as the original graphic form of the letters of the alphabet. At the core of this work lies my interest in the fusion of personal and cultural experience and the simultaneous compression and expansion of time as expressed through the metaphor of graphic language. Spirit Wall II, composed of seven scorched and stained ironing board covers, is a transitional piece that incorporates themes and imagry from two previous bodies of work while at the same time relating to the Vestiges series.