SOLACE AND PERPETUITY, a life story, is an algorithmically rendered autobiography of the artist. Like a medieval Book of Hours, many genres are represented: diary entries, dreams, academic papers, fictive prose, poetry, plays, and video and installation scripts. These were numbered and fragmented into their indigenous paragraphs, which were subjected to a scrambling algorithm. Scrambling provides a kaleidoscopic reading of potentially 100’s of 1000’s of possibilities. The artist’s character seeps through a text where every paragraph is a subtext.
Published in January 2015 by Weil Press, New York. Solace and Perpetuity, a life story is the recipient of a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts award in Fiction. Exhibited by the Institute for Women and Art and the Art Collaborative, Rutgers University Art Library, January 20 – April 17, 2015.
Media: Editions are published in sets of 3 objects, the readable book, a folded book as an art object, and a linen-wrapped one as a “mummified” archival object.
Image 1: SOLACE AND PERPETUITY, a life story © 2015
Image 2: SOLACE AND PERPETUITY, a life story © 2015