The text works are poems, lists and stories assembled from snippets of text collected from a great variety of discarded books. They are painstakingly arranged in minimal circles, ellipses and grids that appear to hover within shallow boxes, each phrase actually mounted on a pin like a classified specimen. Their original contexts are forgotten as they together create a fragile new logic. Unfixed metaphors clash to suggest unlikely new meanings. Narrative is dictated by ‘ready-made’ content and by compositional constraints.
By employing found phrases, a story is revealed rather than consciously conceived. This unexpected tale may provoke unease, pathos or humour. Alternatively the viewer may be interrogated by a melee of unrelated questions, or cajoled by absurd instructions.
The different typefaces and qualities of paper add a discreet minimalist aesthetic to the work, augmented by the shadows cast. They also alert the viewer to the disparate sources and ‘authors’ present.