Kathleen Fraser

Working Note for ii ss


The movement between coherence and incoherence has long compelled me, pulling my attention to the physicality of single or paired words—even how the characters of b, i or r, in a particular typeface, deliver discrete visual phenomena of intent. I’ve noticed how an allowance for—& acknowledgement of— typo and error, in tension with known grammar, can be revelatory. The desire to reposition fragments and watch them adhere to newly forming word events comes from the deliberate pleasure of the unexpected, found in hybrid (or log-jam) forms untangled and realigned during the working process. When Hermine Ford and I decided to embark upon a collaborative project, I‘d been looking at her work for years, following its increasingly vivid preoccupation with visual maps and overlaps, her alterior views of the earth’s evolving materials and reformations. I wanted to respond to these with the direct physicality of pieces & overlaps of language in space, each bearing its own face.


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