These selected pieces from my Constellation series consists of three simple materials that produce the portraits: a wooden panel painted a solid white, thousands of small galvanized nails, and a single unbroken sewing thread.

 
 
 
CONSTELLATION - MANA no.2   2013 H39, W30.5, D3 cm Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread Private collection

CONSTELLATION - MANA no.2 2013
H39, W30.5, D3 cm
Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread
Private collection

 
CONSTELLATION - MANA no.2 (detail)   2013 H39, W30.5, D3 cm Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread Private collection

CONSTELLATION - MANA no.2 (detail) 2013
H39, W30.5, D3 cm
Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread
Private collection

 
 
 
CONSTELLATION - SACHI   2013 H46, W33, D3 cm Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread Private collection

CONSTELLATION - SACHI 2013
H46, W33, D3 cm
Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread
Private collection

 
 
 
CONSTELLATION - MANA   2011 H40, W30, D3 cm Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread

CONSTELLATION - MANA 2011
H40, W30, D3 cm
Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread

 
 
 

Here I use seven colored threads instead of one single black thread.

 
STRINGS   2016 H40, W30, D3 cm Wood panel, brads, seven colored threads

STRINGS 2016
H40, W30, D3 cm
Wood panel, brads, seven colored threads

 
STRINGS (detail)   2016 H40, W30, D3 cm Wood panel, brads, seven colored threads

STRINGS (detail) 2016
H40, W30, D3 cm
Wood panel, brads, seven colored threads

 
 
 

Almost everyone can remember in grade school art class placing a sheet of paper over the face of a coin or some other textured object and rubbing it with a crayon. I employed this same method - known as frottage - to create the following portraits. For Beckett’s likeness, I had embossed plates made of selected passages from his own handwritten notebooks. For the other subjects, I used their own personal (and expired!) credit cards.

 
BECKETT IN HIS OWN WORDS   2000 H45, W35 cm Japanese paper, graphite Private collection

BECKETT IN HIS OWN WORDS 2000
H45, W35 cm
Japanese paper, graphite
Private collection

 
BECKETT IN HIS OWN WORDS     (detail)   2000 H45, W35 cm Japanese paper, graphite Private collection

BECKETT IN HIS OWN WORDS (detail) 2000
H45, W35 cm
Japanese paper, graphite
Private collection

 
 
 
SABURO   2001 H45, W35 cm Japanese paper, graphite Private collection

SABURO 2001
H45, W35 cm
Japanese paper, graphite
Private collection

 
 
 
PAT   1993 H45, W35 cm Japanese paper, graphite Private collection

PAT 1993
H45, W35 cm
Japanese paper, graphite
Private collection

 
 
 
KELLY   1993 H45, W35 cm Japanese paper, graphite Private collection

KELLY 1993
H45, W35 cm
Japanese paper, graphite
Private collection

 
 
 

Sometimes there is something beautiful about things falling apart. Undoing one thing while simultaneously creating another. Here I’ve taken fabric and pulled out bits and pieces of the lighter color thread to create the images.

 
WARP & WEFT - MANA   2007 H23, W15 cm Fabric with threads removed Private collection

WARP & WEFT - MANA 2007
H23, W15 cm
Fabric with threads removed
Private collection

 
 
 
WARP & WEFT - MOTHER   2007 H74, W43 cm Fabric with threads removed Private collection

WARP & WEFT - MOTHER 2007
H74, W43 cm
Fabric with threads removed
Private collection

 
 
 
WARP & WEFT - MOTHER     no.2   2013 H38, W32 cm Fabric with threads removed

WARP & WEFT - MOTHER no.2 2013
H38, W32 cm
Fabric with threads removed

 
 
 

For the work entitled Someone Else's Mess, I used the prints from military boots to create eight large portraits of children's faces on bed linens.

 
SOMEONE ELSE'S MESS   1997 H240, W150 cm Military boot prints on bed linens

SOMEONE ELSE'S MESS 1997
H240, W150 cm
Military boot prints on bed linens

 
 
 
SOMEONE ELSE'S MESS   1997 H240, W150 cm Military boot prints on bed linens

SOMEONE ELSE'S MESS 1997
H240, W150 cm
Military boot prints on bed linens

 
 
 
SOMEONE ELSE'S MESS   1997 H240, W150 cm Military boot prints on bed linens

SOMEONE ELSE'S MESS 1997
H240, W150 cm
Military boot prints on bed linens