Language Acquisition: Fissures / Pattern-Speak (2016 – 2017)


“Language Acquisition” started as an exploration of gesture and character-like forms, made spontaneously by drawing through resists on the photographic paper. For various reasons, only a small portion of those works possess the qualities that I feel are successful in becoming singular gestural works. “Fissures” and “Pattern-Speak” are the result of the numerous “failed” attempts at gesture, repurposed into new works that are purely formal in approach. In some I am comparing one mark to another made at a different time, and trying to recreate my sense of movement across the paper into a new artwork. Other pieces are inspired by quilt patterns and are exploring silver gelatin paper’s conceptual relationship to sewing machines and its physical relationship to thread.