past EXHIBITION

february 2016

kjirsten severson

a very big typographical art project

artist statement

 

I began my journey into art making by attempting to write my dissertation in Western philosophy outside academic language. I found that typing on an old 1917 Smith&Corona typewriter facilitated that aim. However, I was not prepared for what did follow: Any readily recognized narrative became invisible and more space than words began to take over the paper. As the pages accumulated I began to see the complexities hidden in their simplicity, they earned my reverence, and I soon was hit with a tenacious desire to make them “big".

 

With the help of local artists, I gained the knowledge and resources necessary to create a “giant typewriter" – enlarging my typewriter symbols several times over and burning them onto silk screens. Each symbol is inked individually by hand onto the canvas. I consider this art an ode to type and paper as well as to the bizarreness of human existence.

 

Currently, I best describe these pieces as an attempt to see and feel a different human-ness by breaking into the general “us" and the specificity of me, via cutting and stuttering language and its spaces, especially those key words and absences that frame our fundamental assumptions, but that we tend to rely upon without notice.

 

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2222 NE OREGON STREET SUITE 212 PORTLAND OREGON   USA

2222 NE OREGON STREET SUITE 212

PORTLAND OREGON   USA