My work revolves around the authority of printed language. I borrow that tone of authority to explore the comforts and limitations of community: what kinds of things bind people together, and why it is difficult to hold that in place. I am fascinated by the way language can be used to prevent communication as easily as it can be used to foster it. I build texts by moving back and forth between collecting bits of found language and editing/rewriting. The resulting texts deal with diverse subjects such as time, patterns of behavior, transformation, and collections of knowledge. I am fascinated by the interior monologue, and the kind of interior lapses in time that reading creates.
I set and print my texts in metal type by hand, and present them in books, prints, ephemera, animations, drawings, and other works. These works depend both on the accumulation of experience and the repetition of motion over time. I am fascinated by the ritualized, physical nature of hand typesetting. I believe bodily movement is the foundation of language, that the experiences of touch and grip give language its power. I am interested in the ways that the process of making relates to discipline and physical endurance. Repetitive, meticulous labor is a form of training, and can serve as a way to both hold onto and to subvert uncomfortable emotions.