A blogger I admire asked if I was deliberately trying to obscure part of the text in my Scanner 2 exploration because some of the words are hard to read. This got me thinking that perhaps I need to write more about my work when I post it, especially the more experimental stuff. The following is part of my answer with some additions of later thoughts and the hope that it clarifies a little what I intend:
Yes, I suppose I do deliberately obscure part of the text because in all of my ‘text in art’ work (see also gallery pages) I want the text to be an intricate part of the art, not a separate layer; and I want the art to be part of the text, not an illustration of it. This means that I choose to sacrifice the art and the poetry as autonomous entities in order to try to create an ambiguous hybrid form that contains elements of mystery. When the fusion of letters, words, colours, textures and line is successful my hope is that the viewer experiences a similar feeling to that of trying to recall a dream upon waking. Also, I hope that the viewer becomes more involved in the artwork by trying to see the obscured words and then filling in, with their own words and stories, what can’t be discerned. Having said all that, I need to add that the new Scanner Explorations are exactly that – explorations in a medium new to me. So each of my Scanner postings for awhile will be a mixture of YAY and OOPS – some will work and some will fall flat. However, I want to post them all as a record of my learning curve and I am always open to, and welcome, critiques and comments.