contexture: hidden meanings

Much to my relief, my package arrived at Jen Worden’s doorstep this week after being in transit for over 2 weeks!! I was so worried that our collaboration was about to come to a screeching halt due to the package disappearing somewhere in its transit to Canada.

Thankfully, my page made it to her and now I can share my spread that I created in Seth Apter’s book, Contexture in our previous exchange.

To recap:
My book: “Book of Trees”, a book made of plaster pages
Seth’s book: “Contexture”, altered book
Jen’s book: “Shine”, metal pages which will become a prayer flag

my spread in Seth’s book

My spread was the first one to go into Seth’s beautiful book. I approached this spread with wanting to just play and explore. His pages are already a beautiful base to start with as they are pages of an old book that attached with eyelets. At first I thought I would do a page full of textures and layers…but then as I worked, I went the other way and toned the texture down. I wanted to keep it clean and simple. The “layers” instead became metaphorical. Layers of personal meaning.


While I worked on this I decided to create a large painting based on this composition. It measures 36x 18 inches. Quite a leap in scale! I am still working on it and it has transformed tremendously. It no longer looks like this spread. I am curious to see how it turns out.


  1. I really enjoy the contrast here. Dark and light, form and not-form, strength and softness. Mystery of partially obscured letters and numbers. I love the beauty of this piece. Acrylics? Water colors?

  2. Thanks you all for your lovely comments! The words left for me help me further understand my work at times. 🙂

    Leslie- I mainly used acrylics and also india ink.

  3. As I commented on your flickr, I really love the energy of your mark-making here. I love the whole piece and really look forward to seeing the larger painting!

    Isn’t it funny how the beginnings of paintings and the completed paintings are often such different things! Sometimes it drives me crazy, but that’s usually when I’ve forgotten to enjoy the process.

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