I write what I know on one side of the page

& what I don’t know on the other

I write what I know on one side of the page & what I don’t know on the other, 2002 / Series of 4 / Archival inkjet printing on burnt & watermarked Dobbin Mill papers

Size:11.5” x 6.5” x 0.5”

On loan from Long Island University Libraries Special Collections

The title, a line from the poem “Paper” by Carl Sandburg, was watermarked into the cotton rag paper, which was then burnt and folded to form 20 pockets that make up the pages of this book. Each pocket contains a semi-translucent abaca sheet with printed image & text: phenomenological musings on a series of dreamscapes & architectural spaces. The 20 texts were based on writings done from my dreams in the months after 9/11. 

 

Other thoughts: 

Being obsessed as all New Yorkers were obsessed with the events that had transpired on 9/11, I made art: Actually it seemed that half of the artists in NYC made work & the other half stopped working altogether. During the months after 9/11, I found myself dreaming each night of architectural environments and I began recording those dreams, which was the starting point for this book.

Dedicated to Dan Frankfurt, who taught me so much about built spaces.

 

Paper ll (Monday Poem)

by Carl Sandburg


I write what I know on one side of the paper
and what I don't know on the other.
Fire likes dry paper and wet paper laughs at
fire.
Empty paper sacks say, "Put something in me,
what are we waiting for?"
Paper sacks packed to the limit say, "We hope
we don't bust."

Paper people like to meet other paper people.


from Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child's Book of Poems