Ink, acrylic, antique paper collage, resin on panel
9" x 12"
book element opens to reveal a multilayered scene.
inspired by the poem:
YOU TOLD ME I WAS A CLOSED BOOK
Let me go then, put me in the sea.
I’ll turn its exact color, the grey of that moment.
Greenish brown as the sun first comes up
when plant parts and tiny animals
color the water and salt.
I will find the shape and beat of the waves,
the water so cold I won’t dissolve.
Sun through black lettering
on both sides of pale sheets.
A soft layer of water sits
between each page buttressing —
no rips against the toss of the waves.
On a certain day the string of my binding will be yanked out
by a fish, pulled clean and eaten.
My pages will go the radius of a circle
each by themselves learn when to
duck below a rough one
slide right or left as needed
or float still under full sun.
You might find a wet sheet someday
dripping on the warm dryness of your hand
but put me back.
— © Ana CH Silva
Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, MD and lives and works in New York, NY and West Shokan, NY. He received his MFA from Queens College, Flushing, NY and his BA from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Josh has been the recipient of numerous residencies and fellowships including Yaddo, Art Omi, and the Millay Colony. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous institutions including most recently Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY and Mass Art Graduate MFA Program, Boston, MA. His work is held in numerous collections across the country and he has exhibited nationally and internationally. His work has been reviewed in publications such as Art in America, ArtForum, The New Yorker, Art News and The LA Times.