Order and Method
Curatorial Statement from 2017 by Sharon Arnold
This new exploration is enacted by rubbing graphite powder onto the surface of rubber panels, which have been engraved and pierced with a graphite pencil. The effect is a ruddy metallic sheen which interacts with and thwarts the glossy, reflective nature of the material; bringing forward the cuneiform-like etchings, dots, and gridded lines of the pencil. These works are related to a kind of action painting; made quickly, directly, and intuitively. The compositions are similar across the series but each unique graph, cipher, and code presents its own storied pattern. They speak to centuries of linguistic systems employed for recording, documenting, and archiving and elude to a mysterious but specific order and methodology.