ARTIST STATEMENT
I am an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in video and text art. My recent work includes What
are the next three letters
– a video in which women slowly say stories with their eyes closed, Jayne
telephones – a text art piece that is a list of the six hundred most common women’s names paired with
the most common verbs read as a one hour performance, and a series of collages using workbooks
and transcribed texts. All of these works refer to prayer, repetition, chanting and incantation, and to
the resemblance of prayer to modes of learning language like spelling, recital, mistake and erasure,
coding and deciphering, transcription and indexing. The work has a humble, haunting, and at times
humorous tone. Generally the texts, videos, and objects have an inventive childlike simplicity. The
work is concerned with re-hearing idiom and seeing what is hidden in plain sight.

Line is a common formal subject throughout the interdisciplinary body of work, for example, materials
include strips, sticks, slabs, hems and threads. Visual strategies include line-ups, cross-outs, lists, left
alignment and adjacency. Even lines of text and video clips abruptly cut are intentional formal
strategies. The hand is a also a common motif, for example one hand holds up an object for
examination, women raise their right hands, a group of children cup their hands, there is text applied
to gloves, and the cuffs of a shirt.

Much of this work is realized through creative writing by conventional means such as free-writing,
drafting and editing, and slightly unconventional means such as mining antique school workbooks
and typing manuals for evocative texts. The process is also informed by ongoing research and interest
in the metaphysical charge of images and objects related to written language, image-making, and
spiritual ritual.