I’m not really convinced there’s ‘forward’ or ‘backwards’ with movement or making, but I do like to joke about working backwards. Setting type unfolds upside-down AND backwards. I’m left-handed, so I often start at the right side of an image and work right to left so I don’t drag my hand across wet media or graphite and make a mess. And then there is unmaking or obscuring; that’s the ‘backwards’ I’m thinking about lately…working from a “something” (text or image) towards a “nothing” that’s not really nothing. This week, I’m working backwords from a failed broadside until it becomes nearly unrecognizable, a process I find much more intriguing than starting with a blank page.
A couple of weeks ago, I took a poem down to the spring and lay it on the surface of the water. The water quickly soaked the paper, and as the poem grew heavier, the water’s movement pushed it below the surface. The words remained legible, although the shadows created by the water’s movement distorted … Read more