My artistic practice explores deconstructionist and postmodern theories of how we understand signifiers and language. In 2005 I began to deconstruct the comic book “The Invincible Iron Man”, volume 01, issue 178, published in 1982. Using comics gives me the opportunity to take apart, reorganize, and complicate a cultural artifact that is familiar, knowable, and considered complete.
My latest series of prints evolved out of a previous project that alphabetized the same Iron Man comic book. The new work applies systems like alphabetization or anagrams to text found inside certain word balloons. On the surface, these accidental poems make absurdist statements that reference William Burroughs, the “cut up” literary technique, as well as DADAIST poetry. The ambiguity and proximity between what is assumed to be the “authentic” and the “inauthentic” text is designed to reveal how the presentation of information impacts our trust and understanding of it.