work > shape alphabets (2019 - )

VENT
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 20" X 30"
February 26, 2021
TACK
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
30" X 40"
February 25, 2021
PORK
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
30" X 30"
February 21, 2021
LOFT
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
15" X 50"
February 18, 2021
JUNK
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
40" X 40"
February 16, 2021
CORN
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
15" X 40"
February 10, 2021
YAK
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 20" X 30"
February 06, 2021
USE
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
15" X 40"
February 03, 2021
NAP
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 20" X 30"
January 28, 2021
MOB
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 30" X 30"
January 27, 2021
KID
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
15" X 40"
January 25, 2021
GYP
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 30" X 30"
January 21, 2021
IF
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 20" X 30"
January 07, 2021
DO
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 20" X 30"
January 05, 2021
BE
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 20" X 30"
January 04, 2021
IN
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 20" X 30"
January 08, 2021
AH
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
January 01, 2021
GO
acrylic on corrugated cardboard
approx. 20" X 30"
January 06, 2021

The shape alphabet began as an installation--Belles Lettres--at PHCC in Pine Hill, NY, in 2019. I drew 13 block letters on 20" X 20" grids, cut them out, painted them black on one side, white on the other, and then folded them to create new shapes unrecognizable as the original letters. Using those folded pieces as templates, I spray painted the shapes in two colors on mdf board panels of varying sizes. At half the scale I cut the same block letters out of aluminum flashing, spray painted the two faces different colors, and then folded them into 3-dimensional forms. I had always wanted to cut out the 2-dimensional shapes in a material heavier and more durable than paper and decided in 2020 that corrugated cardboard, which during the pandemic was arriving in abundance in the form of packaging, was what I was looking for. It's easy to cut and takes paint well. I finished the alphabet in December of 2020 and on January 1, 2021, began posting (on Facebook and Instagram) a word a day made from it. To date the criteria has been as follows: 2-letter words; 3-letter present-tense verbs; and 4-letter single-vowel nouns. Pictured here are 18 of the 57 posted words.