Now that I’ve fully settled back in DC, it is time to get busy again. This was the first piece I completed since abandoning Rhode Island in 2009. I’m working on small-ish sculptures so that storing them doesn’t become a nuisance. Hopefully these won’t end up in a dumpster like the last series of larger work I did.
This is the first in a new series of smaller pieces I'm currently working on. I'm still interested in the look of ritual objects. In this piece I like the juxtaposition of the modern notebook format with wooden tablet pages. This "notebook" format seems familiar, but in an ambiguous way that adds a layer of mystery.
I like to include some writing on my work and these tablets really make the writing central. The alphabet I invented is a fairly simple cipher that substitutes a small set of glyphs for the hexadecimal ASCII code for individual letters. The words actually do say something, but what they say hardly matters. I'm primarily after the look and feel of old style writing that was carved into an object using simple straight lines.
This piece was exhibited in !2 X 12 -- a show of small works at the artdc Gallery in Hyattsville MD during May of 2010.