Brian Prugh

Region: MFA Annual

I make my tulle works by attaching layers of cut fabric to a wooden frame; each layer is separated by a thin strip of wood. The weave structure creates interference (moiré) patterns. These patterns change as the viewer changes position, resulting in a kind of moving image. Under directional lighting, the tulle casts a shadow barely distinguishable from the material itself, which doubles the forms in the work, suggesting depth when it is seen from a distance.

Most, but not all, of the marks are created by cutting out words. I am interested in the way that letters are both carriers of meaning and abstract shapes. I explore the territory between marks as language and their legibility as signs, giving consideration to the visual experiences created in the attendant middle ground. The titles of the works reproduce the words written in them.