While I wait for my Lasal Paper to arrive. I squeezed onto my studio floor my project Equinox, a nine-year project comprising 9 books filled with daily memories and activities. It felt necessary last October to find a good home for Equinox. After exhibiting Equinox a few times and with many moves since 2007, I felt the books would be better in a controlled environment.
There is a limited time our artists’ books should stay on the shelves of our studios. What's your opinion on this subject?
In 1998, while mourning my father’s passing, time became important and archiving seconds an obsession. As I archived the seconds of my life, I realized that these seconds would change, they would get distorted and disappear. It takes another major event for our mind's eye to bring back a memory of a particular moment in our lives but as stated, that second will be forever changed by the days, months, and years.
While illustrating this photographic archive, I transformed the mundane into a visual history by juxtaposing photographic evidence of my individuality.
The first book, 1998-1999, I archived my journey with a self-portrait, the time of day I photographed myself, and people I interacted with during each day.
For 1999 to 2000, I represented my life with a self-portrait and a list of daily activities, a meteorological report, and a receipt (proof of my existence) from an item purchased.
In the new millennium (2000-2001), I celebrated with a self-portrait, paper dolls—my daily muse, and a list of what my five senses gleaned on each day.
During 2001-2002, I remembered my father with flowers received, picked or visualized, my self-portrait, and the time of day I received insight.
A celebration was in the air in 2002-2003 with a new Sheltie puppy, and a quote from the Book of Psalms accompanied my portrait.
Locations frequented during 2003 accompanied by a self-portrait, an emotive description, not of my own feelings of the day.
My daily TV viewing next to my self-portrait throughout 2004-2005, credits a friend who sees life through the media.
I celebrated the birthdays of family, friends, Co-workers, and associates by writing their names next to my portrait as I give a hand to those listed in 2005-2006.
The last year of Equinox came to fruition by saluting the four cardinal directions throughout the year 2006-2007.
I enjoyed working on Equinox, now it is time to make new memories and new moments in my life. The studio is very busy with preparations for my show at Ming Studios in February-March. I'm working in Photoshop, printing and cutting more manhole covers. I'm cleaning old files, this month is all about new beginnings.