"The quick fox works in the flooded city."
Acrylic, mixed media collage on board
16" x 16"
"The brown fox jumping. Still life with a kiwi."
Clay surface photographs, digital print,
collage on paper
13" x 10"
"The Poetry of Nonsense in Collage"
series of virtual nonsense.
The phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is a pangram which means that it contains all letters of the alphabet. It is used as a sample text in computer font selection contexts. The fox keeps jumping from letter to letter in different shapes, colors and curves over the same dog that is changing appropriately as it lazily lays there. They lead quite a life inside the computer wires surrounded by zeros and ones. But, luckily the fox gets to experience international culture.
Every language of the world has a phrase like that. They sound just like Dada poetry or the poetry of nonsense of Edward Leer and Lois Carroll.
- Some of these phrases are full of feeling like Ambiguous voice of a heart which, in the breeze, prefers dishes of kiwis. (French).
- Some sound dry and practical, like Flood-resistant mirror-drilling machine (Hungarian).
- Some just make no sense at all like Franz hunts in a totally dilapidated Taxi all through Bavaria(German).
- or Eat more of these soft French loaves and drink tea (Russian).
- This one could have either been written by a surrealist poet or created by a computer random word generation program: The quick Hindu bat was happily eating thistle and kiwi. The stork played the sax behind the straw palisade(Spanish).
These multilingual pangrams are collages of words that build up beautiful phrases. I build my collages of poetic nonsense from various materials and found objects:
- digital prints created from clay sculptures, which in turn had been built with imprints of computer parts and hardware.
- combinations of clay, hardware and acrylic paintings
I weave pangram phrases in different languages into each work to create a story with hidden meanings, or no meaning at all.