I wrote last week that I didn't yet know what to do for my daily art project in 2017. At practically the last minute, I decided to do a composition with text.
I've been noticing for the last four years that text keeps creeping into my artwork, even when I try to express myself visually rather than verbally. During my first year of daily collage so much text sneaked in that for the second and third years I made that part of the rules. And even when I switched to drawing last year, text sneaked in there, too.
Two other elements entered into the decision. One was totally serious. Several weeks ago when I posted about my "found poems", Sharon Robinson left a comment that I might be interested in her friend's found poems. I clicked on the link and fell in love with the work of Judy Kleinberg, who posts a found poem almost every day. I have spent a long time contemplating her poems and wondering how she does it (well, it's obvious how she does it technically, but I am in awe of how she makes actual serious poetry with her torn bits of text).
The other element was totally trivial.
A long time ago I bought a one-pound package of "scrap cardstock" in a variety of colors, cut to 4x6", the size I was using for daily collage. When I ran out I went back to the store where I thought I had bought it, only to find nothing of the sort, and the clerk swore they had never carried anything like that. So I had to finish out the year with plain white index cards. Three weeks ago I was in another store and found my scrap cardstock! Always one to overreact, I bought five packages, brought them home, and wondered what I would ever do to use them up.
When the idea to do daily text struck, I knew exactly what I would paste it onto. Clearly the universe was ahead of me in enabling a project that I hadn't even thought up yet.
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