Archival inkjet prints, triptych
40” x 30” each (dimensions variable)
To be read with a flashlight.
Come Closer is a triptych of prints intended to be challenging to read. The work asks the reader to take time, to focus carefully in following a flashlight beam across words that appear and disappear in shadow. The text appearing in blue and shadow blue is edited and recomposed from A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Book, by Edmond Jabes, which explores identity of the foreigner. The text appearing in orange is from statements by recent refugee status people seeking asylum globally.
This work extends the recent project Welcome the Stranger, commissioned by Open City Festival, Lublin, Poland, 2019, created in collaboration with Louise Steinman (see RELATED).