This series developed from my exploratory fusion of handmade paper and writing. In tandem with the materially rich process of making paper, individual word s are perceived as creative elements, as design motifs, as resonant utterances and dynamic signs.
Each Signpost begins with a 3.5 x 5-inch handmade paper. Each paper is embossed in (grade one) Braille and inscribed in lower case text with a synergistic word. These papers are then placed innocuously (and temporarily) in public locations and photographed in situ. They are left in place, that passersby may notice, read, retrieve and / or discard them.
Initially, I installed and photographed in my immediate vicinity, in everyday and perhaps overlooked public spaces. As personal and professional pursuits took me beyond the region, the project traveled with me, and I continued to seek meaningful locations to post and document. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, this work, like so many other aspects of our lives, contracted. At first, I installed in and around my personal space. Subsequently, I worked digitally with found images of the places I had planned to go before travel was restricted.
Signposts is a compilation of eighteen sequential photographic diptychs. It is presented as a series of mnemonics, emphasizing and supporting our best personal and communal determinations.
*23 Wall Street, New York, NY, 1972
Public Domain, National Register of Historic Places; License: CC BY-SA 3.0
**National Mall satellite Image, 2002
Public Domain, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior/USGS
This project was created with the generous support of a College of Arts & Letters
Scholarly & Creative Activity Award, California State University, Sacramento, CA