Words + Pictures: On Blurring Genres
Altering texts to create my own found & blackout prose & poetry began when I discovered a book in a used bookstore on the Upper West Side. It was a terribly misogynistic novel titled Harry, the Rat with Women. I wondered how it ever got published & how it was still around decades later.
So, I bought it, intending to turn it into something else.
And I did. Slowly.
Then I picked up momentum from there, sorting through more shelves, buying other outdated, politically incorrect books: The Story of a Marriage. In a Man’s Time. Tales of Indentured Servants. Beautiful Girlhood.
It was Beautiful Girlhood that sparked the idea for my book, In the Cloakroom of Proper Musings. This series of collages came about as I began cutting apart the pages of that book.
Altering texts by blacking out words has also allowed me to experiment with new materials & to collage some of my illustrations & photography with language on the page. Having spent years working as a visual artist before becoming a writer, I am happy to have found this place where my creative pursuits can intersect & overlap in such exciting ways.