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.
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