Someone told me that ‘reading is like following a thread.’ As a result I became preoccupied with gestural references in language, particularly expressions relating to how information is ‘pulled together,’ or neatly ‘tied up,’ etc. This series of work attempts to make these physical references visible. Poetry books were dissected and the extracted lines of text were reconfigured to form new narratives, taking the form of thread. In order to read the thread, it is necessary to unwind the spools.
Text cut-outs and spools, one of series of five, 2 x 1 inch, 2007. A series of these spools, made from poetry cut-outs, were installed on a shelf. Viewers were required to unravel them in order to read.