Notebooks Sketchbooks Pagebooks
NOTEBOOKSBetween 2003 and 2010 I made a collection of 250 small painted panels resembling loose leaf binders which I called Notebooks. I looked on them as modern day miniature diptychs that provided a format and a platform for a wide variety of subjects and techniques.
The Notebooks were crafted as dossiers, complete with binder rings and some with pages that turned. Inspiration came from photo magazines, pulp fiction covers, scrapbooks and diaries, and included their jumble of chaotic texts, scribbled notes and advertisements.
The standardized format of the Notebooks offered me a neutral surface on which I could stage personal dramas, project memories and vent anxieties. I tried not to overwork them, so they could remain both studies and works in progress — virtual sketchpads.
SKETCHBOOKSThe Notebooks were followed by the larger scaled Sketchbooks, and those in turn by a series of assemblages called ‘Page Works,’ still larger in scale and recalling the mock-ups and storyboards used by art directors for graphic design layouts.
PAGEBOOKSIn 2010 I began a series of assemblages I called Pagebooks, larger in scale and recalling the mock-ups and storyboards used by art directors for graphic design layouts. The page studies ultimately served as true sketchbooks: studies for the larger works on canvas that were to follow. In essence what they did was to serve as a bridge between the smaller, formatted Notebooks and the larger full-sized paintings on canvas.