red:der, 2014, 22” x 30”, Archival digital Epson print.
This series of pictures is made by first painting notebooks with watercolor and then photographing the results, which are largely unexpected and out of my control. This picture recalls the tradition of marbled paper, decorations often reserved for the front and back of a book. So too is marble and wood bookmatched, a process of cutting and turning the material until the pattern mirrors itself on the wall or in furniture. My pictures are structured by the book—bound paper that opens and closes—which distributes the color and pattern in ways evocative of a Rorschach blot. How does one read this book?