A Book of the Future: A Maze is a collaboration with Seattle-based writer Stacey Levine that was featured in an exhibtion at SOIL Gallery called "Loose Leaf." We created new works in response to each others’ previous work, conversations, and new interests. The topic of “book” was turned into the metaphor of a maze. Similar to a book, you enter a maze not knowing the ending. As a reader, you enter into this maze trusting the authors will guide you through.
In place of words, small sculptural hyroglyphs were created as symbols that were to interpret the words meaning, texture and essence. These small sculptures were are sometimes literal translations, other times idiosyncratic.
"SOIL’s Loose Leaf: Artists and Writers Make Books Together features three groupings of image makers and word assemblers: Julia Freeman with Stacey Levine, Daniel R. Smith with Karen Finneyfrock, and Ellen Ziegler with Patti Smith and Frances McCue. Freeman gives three-dimensional and darkly cartoonish ballast to Levine’s words, heightening their grand strangeness(feat!). Daniel R. Smith adapts Finneyfrock’s withering poem "What Lot’s Wife Would Have Said (If She Wasn’t a Pillar of Salt)"—she’d have said, fuck you, Lot, and fuck you, bigoted God—into shrewd photographs. And Ziegler invites you to stand under an upturned, disintegrating umbrella where poems and light rain down all around."