Jen asked me a VERY difficult question last year. That was to write to her about the processes I use in my work. My reward – this boekie. And a Key.
A key to unlock Jen’s block. The very kind note reads “Dear Cheryl, Here is a wee boekie you inspired me to make – the quotes are from your letter about your processes. Thank you for helping me out of my artist’s block”.
This beauty is very recognizable to me as Jen’s work – a wonderful thing for me to see – a consistency that becomes recognizable as belonging to a particular artist. Their own visual aesthetic translated into numerous forms.
It stuff we all know. Sometimes we just forget. A reminder can bring on these wonderful bouts of creativity. Rewritten 1940's history. A palimpsest. Jen's 2011 process imposed on B Wilson's tabulations. Under Western eyes, so accustomed to viewing things best left to the imagination Jen poses her own stamp of censorship.
Isolation. The juxtaposition of images and text offer a good deal of freedom of association. There are paths of connection, but no discernible direction. This isolation of pages from a its original journal? The reframing of discarded material in the creation of a new artifact - FAB :-)