Black Page 36

Description of work

'Using a bottle of black nail polish, a black felt pen, and a kitchen skewer because these were good everyday materials. The wide-nibbed black felt pen was used for an undercoating and the black nail polish for a visible varnish. Into the varnish I incised with a small meat skewer the opening words of my translation of Paul Celan's Death Fugue (black/milk/of/morning) in which the English presents a double meaning and metaphor that the German doesn't allow. This permitted me to pay homage simultaneously to Sterne and Celan. The bleeding of the finished page was also intentional.'