To whom it may concern:
Art is based on communication. It is evidence of an effort to translate into new form an experience of living. It resides in a space between agency and interpretation, between what is felt by the producer and what is felt by the viewer, the space where meaning is created. It relies on two independent subjectivities and therefore constitutes a relationship. Its importance is in the grey space, the unforeseeable outcomes that sprout from an effort to connect two variables. In culture it is both trauma and catharsis. In the economy: both commodity and production method. In archival: both history and fiction. Works of art are documents that sit between you and I, without ever holding full allegiance to either. The meanings we take from them reflect the personal histories, knowledge, experiences and cultural context of us as viewers in as much the meanings intended reflect the subjective reasoning of the artist.
I want for you. As an artist, I hope, I yearn. But I have no right or ability to dictate. This book, as an archive, is fated to be incomplete. It is an editorial composition of fragmentary documents meant to illustrate experiential work. Each is a true document, but the only meaning it can hold is fiction. I ask you to go at this willingly. Here is a story of 4 years of work. Whatever speculations you may have are right. All questions are valid and should be asked. I take no credit for answers. My only aim is to outline a set of perimeters, signposts that mark the general jurisdiction of interests in my work. Meandering outside of those lines is, of course, inevitable and welcome. My only aspiration is that this mapped excavation of themes might inspire your participation in finding a meaning between us.