What We Say

A while back I bought some 4″ x 4″ project panels in a class pack from Dick Blick. I’ve used this surface in many sizes and applications over the years so I knew I’d figure out what to do with them sooner or later.

Over a period of months I added a little this and a little that to my group of twelve. Paint, India ink, collage, and finally text. In particular the text was cut from poems in a proof copy of one of my poetry books (so it’s me talking in every one of these pictures???)

Here’s where I ended up.

I photographed them in pairs selected at random.

They do lend themselves to being arranged into pairs. Well, honestly, pretty much all of them work with each other, it’s just a change in what they say. Amusing and occasionally illuminating. They shuffle among themselves all the solutions to the problems of the world?

Think about it.

11 thoughts on “What We Say

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    These are excellent. It might be because there are a dozen of them but my brain wants to see them as jurors, individuals who are having to act as a collective, individual perspectives brought together to debate and discuss and decide.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I made these over a period of time, adding one element to all of them as I went, and never did I know where it was heading, but…it was so fun to see them actually turn into this. I have always loved the effects of randomizing – putting words or phrases together and they have something unusual to say, or in our mutual medium, random fabrics, for instance, or yarns. I feel like I make more sense when I try not to make sense, if that makes any … sense…!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I think black and white are essential parts of any composition, with how they emphasize the other colors, or else give a buffer between them.

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