I have magnetic poetry on the outside of my refrigerator at home.
Magnetic poetry is a popular language toy, made up of small white magnetic strips with words printed on them. It invites spontaneous attempts at composing unique sayings while one is taking the gallon of milk out to pour into the morning coffee or during any other time the refrigerator is “raided.” I like the brevity and almost distilled wording that results from putting these words together on the smooth white surface of the “fridge.”
Magnetic poetry itself is not particularly visually expressive or interesting; the typeface is similar to the letter style in which this statement is written. The blocks of white strips also limit creative arrangement of words. For these works, I wanted to move past the uniformity of the magnets and place my own magnetic quotes into a dialogue with images, hues and typographical experimentation. One is an ongoing dream I have, while others are statements that communicate deep feelings about my garden. Another is a poetic observation about fish.
The images in this series are not new, but have come from previous works of mine. They were milled through Photoshop and re-purposed into a sort of figurative language to contrast the architecture of the letterforms with color and expression.