Archival Footprints™ is the name given to these glass tiles because the text on the tiles is often taken from personal family archives. I have a long time fascination with patterns and text. This text is readable only in places, to convey fleeting glimpses of a mood, a feeling. Most tiles are 4″ x 4″ by 3/8″ and is made of 100 percent recycled glass. Each tile is unique. Appearance will vary, even within the same series.
Letters from France
The text is from letters my father wrote during World War I service in France. He wrote about the people he met and places he passed through. His mood was unfailingly upbeat, even in the face of appalling waste of life. He didn’t want his family to worry.
The text is from an article in an Osaka newspaper. It describes my father’s arrival in Japan as a Fulbright scholar to teach at Kansai University in Osaka. The calligraphy is art of its own; a viewer doesn’t need to know the meaning.
There is no text on these tiles. They remind me of walks on the beach. Clear water moving over sand.
The World Beneath my Feet
The surface of this tile is from my photograph of a street surface in Santorini, Greece. The hole in the surface, which was an accident in the firing, allows one to see, through an infinity box I built for this piece, deep into the world under the street. This is a one-off and is not part of a series. All glass is recycled.
Size: 8” x 8” x 6”
© PCS 2011