There is freedom and discipline in the craft and art of writing letter forms. Like learning to play an instrument, long, routine practice builds skills that makes room for expression. When I write, I am drawing words. I combine words by various authors into unique books, hanging scrolls and on panels. There are layers of words as in old palimpsests where new words were written over old. We build on what we know.
The computer is changing how we communicate and our knowledge of the microscopic and the universe. Many of my pieces begin with the question, what are we gaining and what are we losing in our digital world? Do we read more but less deeply, do we write less? There is a website where I can type in a poem, tap ‘encode’ and it quickly translates into binary code - a beautiful pattern of 1’s and 0’s. Many of my pieces combine code and words as we do now.
When I began making books and panels, I wanted to make something a computer couldn’t and started to weave in thin strips to catch the light and touch. I often make books on textured, handmade paper or scrolls on translucent polyester. I want to lure the viewer in with color, pattern, texture or a brush mark and then to the words, the ideas.