Marilyn R. Rosenberg
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Drawings as visual Poetry in artists’ books and bookworks expand the merged viewing and reading experience by fusing language and marks into sculptural space. Dense fragmented language is in the diary notations and is part of the journal keeping. The artists’ books and bookworks are, like most books, involved with sequential ideas, moving in time and space. Each work is a layered artwork/literature work with a structure, that in some way is connected to the traditional book, or a fragment of a book (a page), or to the environment of books. Since the physical sculptural space, and each page of drawings, is also the book structure, it is here fused to the content and the concept.
These intense layers playfully unite in the hanging books or alternative book structures, and in individual drawings and visual poem pages. Word is often united with image rather than describing the image. As well, all of the wall works, visual poems, drawings and bookworks fall into one of the many ongoing series. Sometimes many series merge in one work. Some examples are daily life, and the living of it, and feeling it intensely - both the pain and joy (these are the real content of all the works). Conception, birth and dying, death after death, the past, memories and dead hopes are the heavy subjects. But, living joys, such as fragments of song lyrics or poems, or water references, or hints of the mirror image or talking to the new born (in only a language they will understand) are also part of the topics. Car and train travel (activity with time indicators), and fragments of song lyrics (from the past or present) are included with everyday objects such as keys (implying locks, opening and closing, enclose and privacy, traps and freedom) and fish (metaphors for groups or individuals). All items are symbols of other things, as well as being what they are themselves. Abstracted narratives are included, as are records of actual birth and death events, work and rest, with both pain and pleasure recorded. Often, a couple themes run together, at the same time. When there are not words at all, the reading sensation still exists.
Fragmented words are pushed to unite with ordinary images as they split. Even with the reoccurring images, or words, each work uses each differently to tell its unique story, within that concept in that particular work. A few of the works have removable or unattached parts that are sometimes found objects. Many disciples and techniques are incorporated. Various materials and media are interspersed within one work such as water color and drawing inks and pencil marks and collage. Visual poems on the wall are drawing pages from the lost or unfinished bookwork that may or might not have ever been.
New works are born all the time. Researched content is often layered with emotion. Fused, the diverse visual and verbal experiences are caused by merging the multi-layered multiple elements (photos, drawings, shapes and marks), with the themes, with the fragmented readable and unreadable language. And, there are eggs around. Content, vehicle, structure, form, medium, word, and image, hopefully reveals the concept into a variety of artists’ books and drawing pages. There is sometimes an univited mouse in the house, more than one, possibly, looking and reading and making trouble.