Text Drawing

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts paper collage books art Throne: The Book of Revelation; letters cut from the Koran, 44.5 x 30 in, 2012

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts paper collage books art Throne: The Book of Revelation (detail); letters cut from the Koran, 44.5 x 30 in, 2012

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts paper collage books art Throne: The Book of Revelation (detail); letters cut from the Koran, 44.5 x 30 in, 2012

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts paper collage books art Bliss; letters cut from the Koran, 9 x 7.75 in, 2011

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts paper collage books art Bliss (detail); letters cut from the Koran, 9 x 7.75 in, 2011

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts paper collage books art The Satanic Verses: “Repentance” from the Koran; letters cut from “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie, 21 x 19 in, 2012

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts paper collage books art

In my text drawings I deconstruct the word of God by cutting letters from sacred writings and rearranging them to form a passage from another holy book. I may cut letters from the Bible and reassemble them as a passage from the Koran, or use letters cut from the Torah to recreate an ancient Tantric text. The individual letters are glued to the paper in a continuous line of type, without spaces or punctuation, in order to discourage a literal reading of the text. By bringing together the sacred writings of diverse traditions, I create a visual tapestry of inspired writings, all pointing beyond specifics to the universal need for connection with something greater than oneself.

source:Colossal

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