I began to incorporate text into paintings my final semester at ISU. It started as a stream of consciousness. I wrote down words and phrases as they floated to the surface. I overlapped, painted over, reversed, and flipped text to replicate the extraction..
The text informed the non-objective images. Everything is connected. No word or phrase stands alone without relation.
text without legibility
As I examined the first paintings which used text I began to notice an aesthetic power to the text. I began to paint a quasi non objective text body. I kept the visual power of calligraphic line and stripped away any possibility of reading. The work itself, does not represent a happening in the physical world like a painting, it describes one like a page in a book.
text as compositional elements
After graduation I focused on building up and describing a personal Idahoan Zeitgeist. I explored religious connection, memento mori, icons and the influence of people in relation to the geologic time scale.
In this series of paintings I combined the use of text as a meditated compositional element as well as semi legible matrices.
The bars of text in The Architect and His Foundation Rites provide conceptual support through legible prose and aesthetic support through its structure.
I do not view these works as text based art. I saw text and language as another tool, another piece of technology which can be used in the realm of art making.
Further down the road I will look into using text to describe only its immediate self and nothing else beyond the picture plane.