can't eat for that, you can't eat for that
I am interested in how a subject studied with great intensity can start to reveal something of it’s essence, and how surprising and even emotional forms might emerge through the use of systems. My re-working of existing novels explores some of those powerful themes that stay with readers and I have applied unique systems across entire novels to isolate single themes. This process of distillation whilst deleting much of the original, draws attention to the devises and repetition used by authors and simultaneously allows new poetic forms to emerge.
John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath’, first published in 1937 is a polemic on the exploitation of migrant workers. The story follows the ‘Jode Family’ as they go in search of work and a new life California. This distilled version of the text reveals only Steinbeck's repetitious and often visceral descriptions of the preparation and consumption of food, food which becomes scarcer and less nutritious as the story unfolds. By striping out all other themes from the book an abundance of white space has been created, an emptiness which might be read in a number of ways.
This book has been collected by: The Chelsea Art Library, The Saison Poetry Library at the South Bank Centre London; and in the US, The Clark Institute; Joan Flasch Collection (SAIC); Yale; Lafayette; Swarthmore and MoMA
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