1988. Digital nondream picture-poem-rant-thing by Chris Wayan
I hate your isms. ALL of them. I'm an equal-opportunity hater. Theories are just guns, and I feel like a shell-shocked bird on a battlefield. I'm not being negative--I do like something. I trust direct experience. But beyond that, I get wary.
Hence this self-portrait of me as a bird made of Moiré (interference) patterns on a battlefield of clashing moirés, drawn in the Computer Neolithic with sixteen colors and a mouse (no pen, no scanner, they didn't exist) so don't laugh, it was like drawing with a stick on a rock only you had no stick and the rock kept running off. Like Alice playing croquet.
To poet KENNETH PATCHEN, whose rough, passionate precomputer picture-poems showed me to say what I need to--not the "agreed-upon" important issues. Who agreed?
And to my late godmother JOAN-LEE WOEHLER, who traced Sir Walter Scott's quote "O what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to beLIEve" (he wrote "deceive" of course).
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