march & april 2002
(laminated ink-jet prints on velcro tabs)
This is a story that is neither too long nor too short - it fits its space perfectly. It is constructed out of words & pictures each with a meaning unique to its place and function. Each component, (word or picture) can be moved or replaced and so its purpose and function evolve. "The story" becomes something new, transformed irrevocably: marred and sullied or beatified; meaning twisted beyond recognition, comprehension & tolerance. What is the difference between the word & the image? All are bricks with which to (re-) build the story!
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`When _I_ use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less.'
`The question is,' said Alice, `whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.'
`The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master-- that's all.'
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again.
`They've a temper, some of them-- particularly verbs, they're the proudest--adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs--however, _I_ can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what _I_ say!'
`Would you tell me, please,' said Alice `what that means?'
`Now you talk like a reasonable child,' said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased.
`I meant by "impenetrability" that we've had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest of your life.'
`That's a great deal to make one word mean,' Alice said in a thoughtful tone.
`When I make a word do a lot of work like that,' said Humpty Dumpty, `I always pay it extra.'
`Oh!' said Alice. She was too much puzzled to make any other remark..