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Continual Conversation with a Silent Man

2014
Varying edition of 10
Archival inkjet text & photography on Dobbin Mill papers, underwear, aluminum foil.

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Continual Conversation… is a book within a book: The larger stab binding of blue & black contains a sequence of pages, the paper made with embedded girls’ underwear & cut with player piano slots.  Out of context, the panties become anthropomorphized masks, along with ominously suggesting those little girls now absent.
A much smaller book can be found within its back cover. Idiosyncratic images and a text present the tale of an abused woman & her daughter who are pushed to suicide by their absent husband and father. It is based on Love Suicides, a Palm of Hand novella by Yasunari Kawabata, and told here through the descriptive titles of Wallace Steven’s poems.
Together this strange story and the panties of absent girls create a disconcerting dialogue of misogyny & loss.