portalage, n. (rare.) “The construction of portals.”
Working in various media while fussing with tropes of memory & myth, place & time. Sampling, remixing, and mashing tend to be recurring methods, processes that seem to me to effect a reframing of temporality. (E.g.: indecipherable proto-archetypes in 50-year-old children’s drawings morph into seed material for new works; an artist’s book—a globe containing a nest with glass bottles and their short fictions—draws upon the hollow earth mythos as a conceit for time travel). The work touches on the implications of living in the anthropocene—a sustained meditation on the bittersweet weirdness of creating while living and dying here in this sixth extinction. It’s about being haunted, while also being a haunt: imagining and channeling “voices” from past/present/future while acknowledging the ephemeral nature of one’s own existence. Portalagics.
Demonstrations of portalage P to be found via this digital portal include:
r, s, m Remixing, sampling, mashing (3 distinct methodologies). Cuttings, tearings, pastings. D.J. poetics.
L1 L2 The lens as suspension bridge: camera & video as devices for temporal painting. Landscaping “pasts” (p) w/in “futures” “F” w/in “presents” [P] via these portalling machines.
s-s Self-sampling. Drawings from a child a half-century ago, reconstituted in oil paint. Puzzling over, & choreographing, indecipherable proto-archetypes.
v Victorian scrapbook as diagrammatic micro-novel.
S “Scripts”. Channeled, felt, conjured, intuited voices. (Felicia Rudolphina Scatcherd, early 20th spiritualist and spirit photographer, would press unopened photographic plates against her cheeks & forehead, “entering intimacies w/unseen operators”. Accompanying transcriptions from-the-beyond were termed “scripts.”) Psychographical mutterances from the heavenly spheres, & other likewise neighborhoods. This project combined w/6th extinction hauntings oo.
f Fabulisms, oneiric fancies, active imaginal faerie biographies. Homegrown mythologies. Flash-in-the-pan fictions. Short shorts; sugar eggs with peepholes.
R Parafictional retrospectivenesss. Je est un autre. Didactic art cards of the late “D.O.” Unseen, nonexistent work curated for the reader’s e