UNTITLED (MAQUETTE & MEASURE). Aluminum, epoxy, collage, paint, and mixed media on paper; 40 cm x 35 cm (image), 56.5 cm x 41cm (sheet).
This work came out of an invitation to create a T-shirt design for Sequoia Tees. Considering my working practice within a context where the final work would be worn as an edition rather than framed on the wall lead me to start with a list of instructions for making the work that would be imbedded within the drawing. This ordered list compared to the order of operations that the screen printer would use to create the shirts (which in this case are the final works). As there was a limit of eight screens, that formed the boundary for the list.
The original list did not survive the tendency towards erasure and editing within my process, and has since been buried under layers of paint, epoxy, collage, and metal. Fragments of that text were enlarged and scattered across the surface, reduced to single words in an uneven register. Instead I prepared a separate list of instructions for the printer, describing how each element should be printed. This list was treated as a drawing in it’s own right, and has been printed on the T-shirt’s back.
Originally a project that I thought would be finished rather quickly and easily, I found that it came to occupy a significant part of my studio time while I worked on it. In addition to the unorthodox nature of the final work I found that the technical and aesthetic solutions I came up with to finish a work that I was not (initially at least) so invested in are valuable points of departure that will inform other works.