This project is a visual representation of Shakespeare's Sonnet 24.
About the Sonnet:
Using the artist as a metaphor, Sonnet 24 examines perception and illusion.
Shakespeare’s language creates layers: windows within windows, eyes within eyes. The speaker describes himself as a frame for, and painter of, the image of his lover, but in "picturing" them, he has created an illusion. He can fathom only a subjective version of the other: a reflection of himself.
About This Project, Part 1:
Using a scanner and a camera, I manipulated the appearance of the sonnet’s text to reflect its content: layers of visual distortion of words about layers of visual distortion.
About This Project, Part 2:
I printed the photographs on small, translucent, white-framed squares, borrowing the idea of framing from the language of the sonnet. These are meant to be handled and experienced physically, to welcome viewers into the sonnet. I chose the scale to invite close examination, and printed on translucent vellum to invite the viewer to manipulate the squares and continue the iterative process of visual layering that I used to create these images (and that Shakespeare used to create the imagery).