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...I think about how (and how much) materials have been processed before reaching me; about how a refinery process can alter a substance extracted fom the earth. Vaseline is a petroleum by-product and yet we commonly use it in an intimate way; we smear it on our lips and skin, and in so doing, somewhat paradoxically, the toxic becomes soothing, hydrating, protective...
...the piece takes me slowly to the right material to use. Sometimes slowly, too slowly. And, I often make more than one version of a work in different materials. Materials are always the biggest challenge for me.
...I am attracted to transparent materials such as glassine paper, glass, clear polyester film (melinex). Similarly finishes with the same effect, such as gloss paint, gloss photographs, lamination... it's like looking at something through something else, like looking through a window, and then another window...
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