Steven J. Fowler

'Atrocita,' 'Sphinxe,' and 'Your Own Double Entry'

“I felt it necessary to ask what is in the shape of a letter. What images do words recall? What is the meaning of color in poetry upon the page?” Above: detail from ‘Your Own Double Entry.’

Extremity is relative. The furthest thing from a given point, which is relative and changeable, cannot escape the tether of that stake. To some, within tradition, at the most surface level, any unusual gesture is severe. If one’s goal is to seek control over the uncontrollable, any submission to the unruly is a threatening gesture. If one has accepted that there is no control possible, only mediation, then only the fundamentally transgressive is extreme, because it touches on the opposite of life.

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