11 February 2011

Friday Inspiration: Ephemera

ephemera (noun) transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. From the Greek ephemeros (ἐφήμερα) "for a day."

One of my favorite words in the English language.

I am captivated by ephemera, the commonplace, the discarded. I am like a magpie. I salvage fleeting, ordinary fragments. I find them by chance or by knowing where to look. I hunt in used bookstores, print shops, antique shops, and flea markets. I find bits and pieces on the ground.

These leftover and forgotten things are the bare elements and materials in my work. They are as essential as any bottle of ink or pencil or scissors in the studio.

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