This text was commissioned for Jasmine Reimer's exhibition "Of, In or Under" at Forest City Gallery in September 2018

An Etymology of Things

In a world of shifting subjectivities, a lexis for interpretation can be useful. Language shifts as we evolve, creating new dictions to communicate both the internal and external parameters of our minds. In Of, In or Under, a transformation is underway; a vocabulary is necessary to help me circumnavigate the space. That which was one thing, slowly shifts before my eyes into something else. An etymology reveals itself:

  'Frog and Garlic’, 2018  photo & work by Jasmine Reimer.

 'Frog and Garlic’, 2018  photo & work by Jasmine Reimer.

Rabsurd: wildly unreasonable, illogical, and inappropriately real.

Nartificial: made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally. Copying nature until the lines become blurred between what is artificial and what is organic.

Gones: the pieces of hard, greenish tissues making up the skeleton with which I’m writing these words.

Franches: a part of a tree that grows out from the trunk of the wooden floors.

Cave: a chamber that carries many secrets.  It’s dry and free from moisture, enclosed and surrounded by green 4 x 4’s.

Cast: an object created by the shaping of material hundreds of times.  

Fingers: each of the four slender joints unattached to a hand.

Frog: a tailless amphibian body suspended in a state of vacillation.

Tlass: a hard brittle substance that is typically transparent or translucent, allowing me to peak past the surface.

Green: Everything is green.

Hard: solid, firm, and resistant to pressure. It will not be easily understood.

Owl: a nocturnal bird of prey with large forward-facing eyes surrounded by facial disks, always staring back at me.

Repeat: doing once again something that was already done and then doing it once again and then doing it once again.

Dritual: a ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed disorder.

Sand: a loose granular substance, resulting from the erosion of siliceous and other rocks. See “Green”.

Snail: a mollusc with a single spiral shell into which my whole body is withdrawn.

Snake: a limbless reptile that has no eyelids, a short tail and jaws that is capable of considerable extension into space.

Soft: easy to mold, cut, compress or fold.

Toilet paper: paper in sheets on a roll for wiping oneself after excreting dampness.

Transition: the process of changing from one condition to another.

Under: extending or directly below the line of vision.

Wet: covered or saturated with a liquid that won’t rub off.

Worm: a long slender soft body with no limbs. I’m left limbless.