Words & Wood

"Deliberate", poem block

Day 320: “Deliberate”, a poem block

Today’s piece is another painting with words on woodblock which I’m calling “poem blocks”. I’ve been using a Nancy Drew book from the 1930’s. I like how you can actually see the typeset signature looseness; I imagine a printing press with men in suspenders and round-rimmed glasses wheelbarrowing heaps of movable type blocks to and fro in the warehouse, preparing each page by hand and secretly enjoying the children’s stories.

This piece reads: “deliberate teasing with a schemer in the evening” and makes me think of some flirty margarita-inspired mischief of the kind I often observed while bartending. I picked the colors of Sangria and summer sunset to complement it. I see it as seductive but sickly sweet at the same time.

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