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My current work explores text as a language for painting, literally using my sentences as the subject. These works advanced from simple transcription of random thoughts during mark making, to conscious actions upon text to embody a different content instead of invoking the conventional and problematic "meanings."This evolved both conceptually and practically, with spoken thoughts about signs, subjectivity and art, first tape-recorded as I worked, later to be used as repetitive text templates for subsequent works.
Seeking to engage visually the Derridean "strategy" of reading text as if its meaning were clear (sous rature, or striking out to be read under erasure) I created a technique to bisect the sentences. Rather than a process dictating the form, I consider my art a construct like language and implicate this "writing" as a visual code to decipher the work's "meaning."
"Thoughts remain interior and subjective. Revealing thought is exterior and after the fact. Thoughts can be revealed in writing, or speech, or art. Speech transfers the subject. Writing objectifies the subject. Art obscures both the subject and the object. Speaking transfers thoughts through words; writing objectifies thoughts in words. Art remains obscure to both thought and words, and symbols. The putative subjectivity of a work of art refers to the maker of the work and the maker's thoughts. Thus, thought and subjectivity remain hidden in the work."
© Copyright 2006 by Mark Cameron Boyd.