Scroll XI

Added on by Jacquelyn Gleisner.

At long last, I have made a new scroll! This is the eleventh scroll in the series, which began in 2014. For the past two years, I have mostly been experimenting with other forms, but I wanted to return to this series after spending time reflecting on my work and practice. I recently started reading the book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell. Though it’s been two years since I made a scroll, I still feel interested in their apparent purposelessness, an idea Odell explores in her book. Odell argues that we are increasingly asked to be productive or transparent. Within the art world, I think this translates to the ubiquity of easy to read, logical works. That said, I don’t think of this series as meaningless or arbitrary.

The repeating pattern in this scroll comes from a quilt block. In a sense, this work on paper becomes a safety blanket—something cozy or alluring yet strikingly different from its surroundings.

Scroll XI,  2019. Acrylic paint on paper, approximately 48 by 198 inches.

Scroll XI, 2019. Acrylic paint on paper, approximately 48 by 198 inches.