My first piece is a sphere constructed entirely from video tape and mounted on a vintage table mat. I used eight reels of video to make the ball which is just over 2 miles of tape! It's a simple piece, tactile and reflective, with a whimsical side to it.
"Her Honesty and Her Pain"
With my second piece I wanted to combine assemblage and writing in an artist book. I altered the book by creating one deep niche to house the writing and using acrylic paint and inks to change the appearance. The text is written on video tape with white chinograph pencil. The tape is affixed to the book at one end only and sits in the niche in a jumble. To read the text the tape must be handled and untangled. The text is my own words and reads:
"She felt her honesty and her pain. The honesty came first, crashing in unexpectedly, in the early hours of the morning, a tsunami of raw emotion. She laid very still in the vast bed, feeling utterly alone. The gentle breeze from the open window caressed her bare skin, the kiss of the outside world on an intensely private moment. The honesty weighed heavy, sank into every part of her, filling every pore, colouring her with pure truth. Her mind became crystal clear. The pain came later. It hovered menacingly for most of the day and then swooped in abruptly without warning. It crushed her, squeezing the breath from her lungs, leaving her gasping to be healed. The wounds opened easily under the pressure, fresh fierce pain forcing itself in against the flow. They had arrived now, her honesty and her pain, together as one, as surely as she had known they would."
Photos courtesy of Rob Morris.