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Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2055-2823
  • E-ISSN: 2055-2831



Martina Copley’s practice is a vagabond investigation in the place where language recites.

There are some principles. Letting the work speak how it is made. Uncertainty in a dynamic puts everything at attention. Everything requires attention. Look at the change of things, what takes place, notated and not. Vantage includes the way in which objects come into question even as they come into view. Stutter and stumble are descriptions of flow that have their own flow. Beginning in the middle, what happens in the middle is itself, and new. All things are equal to world.

Carried by an interest in attention, annotation and the processes of abstraction, I approach my practice as a kind of transcription. I use temporal elements in a material proposition like the stutter, loop, iteration and fugue, to unstructure anticipation and complicate the ‘view’. Things that normally exist in different registers or levels of abstraction are apprehended at different degrees of nearness and distance. The work creates its own order of things as an accumulation of things, each thing its own way of holding something in attention. It is not the content of the object or the material I choose to work with that counts but everything that lies beyond it.


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Keyword(s): artist book; drawing; sonorous representation; transmediation; visual art
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