This was made for the "Inspired by Stories" show at the Sullivan Museum, Norwich University, VT, 2009. The assignment was to choose an object in the collection and do a work based on it. I selected an old typewriter, but painted a 9 foot strip of TYVAC with images of a variety of other artifacts from the Sullivan collection. This long painting was rolled into a typewriter, typed upon, and the edges were ornamented with pen and ink drawings.
Here is the artist's statement from the exhibit.
"History Lost in Time-- Roller Towel Version
In this piece, I have combined my two major interests, writing and art, to discuss artifacts having lost their history. Various items in the collection were selected to decorate an already multi-faceted surface which was then over-written with typing.
Initially, I selected the typewriter as inspiration because my father was a writer and the sound of typing powerfully evokes my childhood. Memory is the common thread gathering all these pieces in this collection, but over time, many stories have become fragmented. To illustrate this, the typed manifesto is largely illegible.
The roller towel allows a continuous circular time format. It also permitted me to comment about art inspired by insignificant artifacts, as well as art presented on insignificant surfaces. For instance, Jack Kerouac wrote "On the Road" on a roll of shelf paper. In a hats-off to him, I've written an unreadable art manifesto about art upon a painting; this piece is both on art and about art. This format allows numerous interpretations, each altering the perceived meaning of the work."