Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
2′ x 33′ x 1.5′
Working with discarded books, I have constructed a field of chrysanthemum-like forms. In many cultures the mum is a flower of mourning while in others it is joyful. I mourn the loss of these particular physical books and the trees sacrificed to produce them yet I celebrate the rebirth of many lost volumes that have been digitized. Using the contrary interpretations of the mum, the folded back pages silence the words and form individual teardrops; the grouped teardrops form the petals of a blooming flower.
Many thanks to Recology San Francisco. All books were removed from the public disposal.