Work on Paper: Librettos

These works are all made on or contain original player piano scrolls, rich with history, religious metaphor and ancient narrative. The scrolls are a near- perfect material for me to express ideas about hearing and not hearing because the absence of the paper (the holes) indicate the presence of sound. Through years of experimentation, I have discovered ways to print copper and wood cut plates on this fragile, non-porous paper. Frequently, I will also draw and write on the scrolls, riffing on the titles and printed lyrics. I have used the scrolls for sculptural as well as two-dimensional works and will frequently exploit the exquisite shadows made by light passing through the patterned holes.

Beat By Beat

Beat By Beat
10" high x 38" wide, intaglio with off-set monoprinting

Unscrolled, 2008

Unscrolled, 2008
24" x 40", etching, graphite, charcoal, woodcut on player piano scrolls with encaustic and thread

Libretto Falls, 2007

Libretto Falls, 2007
9' x 46", hard ground etching, gouache, graphite on player piano scrolls

Sputtering, 2007

Sputtering, 2007
8' h x 7' w, multi-plate etching, woodcut and relief roll on okawara and player piano scroll with encaustic

Sputtering, detail

Sputtering, detail

Sputtering, detail

Sputtering, detail

Hey Look Me Over, 2005

Hey Look Me Over, 2005
5' x 18", hard ground etching with player piano scrolls, dictionary pages, graphite, encaustic

Hey Look Me Over, detail

Hey Look Me Over, detail

Unfurled, 2003

Unfurled, 2003
18" h x 30" wide, graphite, pencil, digital print, etching on player piano scrolls with boxes, binder's thread

Unfurled, detail

Unfurled, detail

Word Rolls, 2003

Word Rolls, 2003
26" h x 24" w, graphite, etching, watercolor, gouache, digital prints on player piano boxes, scrolls with thread

Word Rolls, detail

Word Rolls, detail

Word Rolls, detail

Word Rolls, detail