I read an interview with author Alan Moore where he
talked about there not being really any difference between art and magic. Magic and art both speak to evocation, invocation,
and conjuring. Moore said the act of
creating art should be faced with the same respect as conjuring a demon.
It is this idea I wanted to explore with this
project.Could I conjure a woman just
through photographingher personal
effects? Could I create a state where viewers felt as though they knew her,
thus creating something real?
I further chased this idea through reading, and I
was particularly affected by Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick
and the Occult. Where writer Grant Morrison discusses the idea of the
Hypersigil: an extended work of art with magical meaning and willpower, created
using adapted processes of sigilization. This project would be my hypersigil. And so I created my Sigil,a magical symbol and process created
specifically for this process, and I let it lead me where it would.Almost immediately I was drawn to a small
yarn piece I had bought at the thrift store years ago, embroidered with the
name “Dot Brisco”.As soon as
I began the process I was totally drawn to this piece and that name. so this
show is about conjuring Dot.
I allowed myself to think on the piece out of the
studio, feeling out different ideas, exploring different techniques, but
ultimately I really tried to let the magical process lead to the results.