Roland Barthes, in The Pleasure of the Text, reminds readers that text means tissue, a word related to texture, textile and the interior of the body. In exploring these inextricable relationships, my work tries to reveal tissuous, tactile qualities of text. In every symbol: Plath over Barthes, the layered texts are placed within a vitrine. The work becomes like a museological specimen, its tactility deprived yet viewable, evidenced by the iconic hand forms poking at the exposed words—every and symbol—through the ruptured paper. 

every symbol: Plath over Barthes
every symbol: Plath over Barthes

acetone transfer on rice paper, digital print, cotton packing paper, wax, thread, copper brads, Plexiglas vitrine, 50 cm x 30 cm x 7.5 cm, 2012

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every symbol: Plath over Barthes
every symbol: Plath over Barthes

detail

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every symbol: Plath over Barthes
every symbol: Plath over Barthes

rear view

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