One day while I was driving to the studio, it occurred to me that I wanted to make a wire sculpture and flatten it and use it to make prints on canvas. Sometimes I still get goosebumps when I drive past the corn field where the idea hit me, or when I hear the song that was playing on the radio at that moment.

Here’s the wire sculpture I made, flattened and hanging on a wall in the studio:

effigy: after

To make the prints, I lay it on a plastic dropcloth and use a paint roller to ink it up with cheap acrylic paint. Then I sandwich it between two layers of canvas and do a little dance on top of the whole assembly. It’s all very low-tech, and deeply satisfying.

It quickly became clear that I needed to draw and write on the prints with permanent markers. Some of them become dream journals. Others are “closed letters” that are not meant to be read, even by the person they’re addressing. Here are some of the results:

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the wall

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happy birthday

If you’ve made it to the bottom of the page, it might interest you to know that I am sometimes willing to part with unembellished prints so that people can do their own writing and drawing on them.  Let me know if that interests you.