Visual Poems

Every life has a story that guides it. Perhaps the facts of someone’s life wouldn't resemble a narrative to the outside observer but the way people choose to tell their life stories to others and to themselves, always has a narrative arc. I often ponder what is the overarching story that defines my life? This is a question that both interests and haunts me. I explore themes of self identity, place and meditation in my altered book series, Visual Poems. I originally began the Visual Poem series using a 1930s physics textbook, a remnant of a former life when I analyzed bubble chamber film for a living. Continuing to primarily use scientific related books as source material I address journeys of discovery and place. I paint “out” a poem on each page. Color and texture is used to highlight the mood of the poem. These altered book works are aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material encompassing memory, place and time. My thought processes, which are private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are assemblages of personal memory. Like my paintings these works address a sense of place. Many of the early "poems" were created during a 2015 art residency in Cambodia.