Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Scroll of Pertinent Questions

This week's found text piece is another scroll on Japanese paper...the outside is a patterned lace paper and the inside has various questions taken from a number of "vintage" books in my studio embedded in teabag paper.  I've been collecting these questions as I come across them...some are quite hilarious and when put together create quite a scroll of very important questions...I'm sure we've all asked them...see what you think!  The text reads as follows:

Odd looking, isn't it?

Do you admire the view?

How--how long have I been this way?

Do you know its nature?

Have you been asleep all these years?

What harm could there be?

What is behind that door?

Naturally--but how will you accomplish it?

Can I make it an object to you to alter your mind?

Wouldn't it be fun if you could have a nice, gentle ostrich to ride?

Have you the pluck to follow me right now?

Have you lost your senses?

Chocolates? What chocolates?

Tell me, where have you been?

You are fixed with wireless?

Couldn't we just go back to town and celebrate properly?

I'll finish this scroll up with a closure in the morning and list it in my Etsy to have you stop by Missouri Bend Studio to view all the found text pieces listed there!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Still Untitled....A Found Text Set of Instructions for Life

This found text came from a children's book from the 1950's, I believe, that is filled with short stories and plays meant to be acted out.  I found a series of commands that, when strung together, give a pretty good set of instructions for life....if taken with a grain of sand!!!  See what you think!  The found text is arranged on a 2-inch wide Japanese paper scroll adhered with teabags, still untitled and not quite finished.  Should be ready to go and available in my etsy shop tomorrow.  The entire text reads:

watch your thoughts.

write your name a thousand times.

wait there for instructions.

turn the bowl upside down.

stop rubbing your eyes.

get a box of creamy chocolates.

choose the best title.

mark your own script legibly and never trust to your memory for     anything.

rehearse until there is little chance of a mistake.

whittle, whittle, whittle.

don't cry.

up to full and fade for finish.