I have been working with mesostic poetry for a couple of months now. It was developed by Jackson Mac Low and John Cage and is a sort of variation on the acrostic. I decided to use it in this sketchbook as another way to explore secret codes and hidden meanings, themes that often appear in my art. I wanted to give it a minimal, clean look, and to use the theme as a backbone. The use of Dymo is strangely emotional to me since I grew up in the 70s and 80s surrounded by it at home, and at school. I love it's texture and simplicity, and the contrast it provides opposite handwritten words.
This winter in Montreal, Québec, Canada, was particularly cold and rough. I think I needed to create propositions and activities that were sometimes funny, sometimes absurd as an escape, to create a place where «winter explodes forever».
This is my second sketchbook. It was hard work, harder then the first one, but worth it in the end. Cutting a rectangular hole in a book turned out to be harder then I thought...and I found that writing in english, now that I don't speak it as much, is not as easy as it was...so I'll be happy to get back to french now that it's done. So aurevoir to you dear reader, hope you enjoy!
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