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Laiwan | Excerpt from AGILE

In the mid-1980s I found a partial Chinese dictionary discarded in a dumpsite that has since become the Strathcona Community Gardens. AGILE emerged from the pages of this dictionary, each page representing a letter—A-G-I-L-E—which together form the word. It continues the ongoing project dotting like flatheads: this is the English I learn, started in 1996, where I use correction fluid—a tedious medium that dries quickly, not agile in the least—to “white out” a bulk of each page, leaving behind poetic fragments.

 

 

Laiwan AGILE 2021 found dictionary pages, texts in English and Chinese, correction fluid,
92 cm × 161 cm

 

Laiwan AGILE 2021 found dictionary pages, texts in English and Chinese, correction fluid,
92 cm × 161 cm

 

Laiwan’s AGILE is published in Issue 3.46: 50th Anniversary Issue 1/3 (Spring 2022). Order the issue here.

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