Anonymous asked: What's the story behind "Untitled Assemblage (Two Boxes)"?
This is one of the last assemblages I made, about 10 years ago. It’s big and heavy (about 3 feet high and 20” wide, and built on a hefty piece of wooden board). It consists of pages from an old thesaurus, digital photos, 2 boxes, white tiles, and a lot of stained wood varnish.
I find the assemblages & collages harder to explain than any other artwork I’ve made, and when I try to explain I can only use a load of wanky art-speak, so please forgive me when I say that their meaning is formed in the juxtaposition of found objects, communicating on a non-verbal, non-narrative level.
Or to put it another way: you know those emotions and feelings that you can’t precisely put into words? It’s because their are no words for them (Words fails me. Words fail.), so the only way you can hope to communicate them is by combining visual images in such a way to produce a jarring contrast/combination. In the small overlapping space where images combine is something that can’t be expressed by one image alone.
It’s like two different songs being played at the same time. One song induces one emotion, the other song provokes another. Hearing them at the same time you can - theoretically - get a strange combination of the two.
You see, this is why I work visually. Words are so constraining.
Also I was in a very weird place at the time.