The series Excerpt evolved out of my life-long fascination with the pages of ancient, illuminated manuscripts. Written on meticulously gridded lines, the manuscripts’ mysterious narratives are accessible to me only as visual impressions—typographic texture, bold colors, boundaries, edges, evidence of craft on the parchment surface. Throughout the series, I reference this visual language and “zoom in” to paint indecipherable texts of my own, consisting of repeated symbols, strong colors, surface texture and flat, graphic illustrations in the margins.

Top: photo by Tracy Watts