Artist’s Statement

My practice of erasure is a form of meditation wherein I reduce the given vocabulary of a page to an utterance that attempts to function separately from the source text. I accept the inevitable failure of the gesture before I begin. (Even a page completely coated in white out is a conversation with the text buried beneath it.) I find the resignation useful as I carry out a process of generative negation. And then I wonder how different this is from writing without a source text. We don’t own our vocabularies. What isn’t a source text? Everything is. And so I proceed, one way or another, writing.

Joseph Massey