With nineteen typewriters I transcribe my collection of personal journals. I draw and write simultaneously: building up words to build up images. Building up an image inspired me to deconstruct the object. Thus I started dissecting typewriters. I found that their inner workings were just as aesthetically beautiful as any image I could create with a typewriter.

Unlike modern technology where a few pieces serve a thousand functions, old machines such as typewriters are comprised of thousands of parts that work to serve one purpose. If one part fails the entire machine fails, much like my typewritten drawings where every mark has its place in a vignette, as well as in the portrait. I have combined my collection of typewriters, and their parts, with my writing and drawings. These nostalgic installations pay homage to typewriters as discarded and dead machines, as art objects and artistic tools.

Silhouette In Script

Manual typewriter on rag paper

9" x 6 3/4"

2012

Typewritten Portrait II

Manual typewriter and graphite on manuscript paper

8 1/2" x 11"

2012

Typewritten Self Portrait I

Manual typewriter and graphite on manuscript paper

8 1/2" x 5"

2012

Have You Ever Seen An Angel On The F Train?

Manual typewriter and graphite on rag paper

9" x 5"

2012

Typed Portrait III

Manual typewriter and graphite on manuscript paper

8 1/2" x 11"

2012

Typewritten Self Portrait I

Screenprint on paper

25" x 16.5"

2012

Portrait of my Grandfather as a Young Man

Nine typewriters, transcriptions of interviews, conversations and poems on six pieces of Rives BFK

2013-2014


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