It started with a simple idea: “sometimes I have the feeling that somebody is playing me, unseen.” I thought of making a big chess board for the space that I got in the gallery.
The chess board was built from letter-size (8.5" x 11") sheets of paper with white masking tape. The dark sheets were the results of photocopying a plain-gray sheet of paper onto plain-white ones. But because of the imperfection of the copy machine that I used, those dark sheets had a certain pattern on them. The little chess pieces were from a set that I used to play at home.
The stitches-like pattern created by the masking tape on the board's surface, and the contrast of Black and White squares looked just beautiful to me. On the night when I almost finished putting all the squares of the board together, I slept on a bench in the gallery. And whenever I opened my eyes, I saw it just so beautiful.
I realized a level of beauty that I had not seen before. The diligent act of pasting pieces of masking tape to hold the little pieces of paper together was like a religious ritual to me. It is not any religion that has been well defined, but one of precision, perfection, and innocence. It was playful but also with care, sensitivity and tenderness.
This piece has also been displayed in my studio in Ohio as part of the In & Out series.
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