About this piece:
This book explores the relationship of space, memory, and language in The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard. The excerpt used here is a meditation on the importance of place and seclusion in one’s life and on the enduring mark left by a time of solitude. Through the use of architectural plans as a model for syntactic diagrams, The Space of Poetics juxtaposes the ways we speak about creative solitude with the ways we orient ourselves in space. Accompanying each portion of text is a woodcut of an architectural grid plan overlaid with a diagram of the structure of the text. The overlays, inspired by wiring diagrams, are numbered and color-coded so that the reader may decipher the grammatical connections hidden within the text. The repeated woodcut and changing overlays suggests how individual uses of language relate to more universal, shared experiences.
paper, ink, acrylics, cloth, book board
About the artist:
Lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Sarah Hulsey received an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 2013. She also holds degrees in Linguistics from Harvard (BA, 2001) and MIT (PhD, 2008). She has had two solo shows, Diagraphia, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA 2016 and Textual Observations, Printmaking Gallery, University of the Arts 2014; a two-person show, Schemata, Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, MA 2016; and numerous group shows. She was awarded the 2016 Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists in New England and a 2015 Rare Book School Fath Scholarship for Artists and Artisans of the Book.