the words are painted by hand using a flat bright brush dipped in ink and applied stroke by stroke. this labour intensive approach radically slows down the process of “writing” allowing changes in the choice and transcription as the work proceeds. however, once the ink is applied to the paper, the words become finalized and there is no going back. in this way the work becomes a document which propels itself forward with the only opportunity for altering the meaning of what came before residing in what is yet to appear.
the works are to be read, and the artist has recorded herself deciphering the texts as part of the work’s presentation (to listen, click on soundcloud icon.) this performance of the texts reveals their content –which coming as it does from an intuitive gathering together of words speaking to and from a state of exile, homelessness or abandonment –folds back into silence and obscurity once read.
for more information on the work see letters home/lettres à ma mère under the works on paper page : https://likewritingwithwater.wordpress.com/drawing/
to read ophélie chalabi’s text on the work produced for the galerie b-312 exhibiton (in french only) click here : https://likewritingwithwater.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/karen-elaine-spencer-letters-homelettres-a-ma-mere-galerie-b-312/
the artist reads “good luck ?”
reading from the text “good luck” which intermingles words taken from the street, literature, and social media which speak to love, addiction and a feeling state of frozen.
reading from “good luck ?” at ellephant on november 7th, 2015 with john sobol on sax –photo by : bruce redern
the artist reads “i maintain”
reading from the “i maintain” text which intermingles news sources of naima rharouity’s death in the montreal metro station in 2014 with texts taken from personal letters, literature, facebook, and found lists.
reading “i maintain” at gallery b-312 on the 31st october 2015 –photo by : ophélie chalabi