After cutting out all the rectangular papers and laying them out for this triptych, I’m mounting them row by row to fiberglass window screening. The sides and bottom are unattached.
I’ve completed two of the three basic 48” x 60” structures. Here is the first one.
A detail. The individual painted papers are lovely; the random, pebbly patterning within the repeating shapes feels like flickers of light reflecting off the surfaces.
To complete the pieces and add the language elements, I’ve been taking some of the rejected rectangles and trying out a variety of ideas. One option is to draw a variety of language symbols on the surface. Above, graphite.
Here, colored pencil. Another consideration is whether to punch up the contrasts by punctuating the surface with some ripped or cut shapes of painted papers like the piece of painted tissue above.
Another option is to add some hints of gold foiling and draw into that. Obviously, options abound.
As of today, I’ve completed two of the three and will finish the third one today. Then I can relax and take some time to reflect on what will best communicate the idea behind these pieces.