A piece A seed A spread interprets the conceptual poetry of Yoko Ono through photography. The images are prompted by a selection of instructional texts sourced from Ono’s 1964 book and artwork Grapefruit. These “pieces” or “happenings” are a signature format of Ono’s longstanding and continued engagement with public participation and imagination.
The poems draw connections between nature and our bodies, private and social consciousness, breathing and the senses. Following her lead, my photographs are personal and intuitive, bringing into relationship available subject matter and people important to my environment. I translate her nstructions through visualization, active collaboration, and the chance element of film photography.
With this text–image exchange, A piece A seed A spread reflects the interplay and reciprocity that can exist across the production of both mediums. Combining staged portraiture with atmospheric snapshots, some images perform the instructions directly, while others reveal an emotional quality or impulsive association. Viewers are encouraged to float through the work guided by their own stream of consciousness, allowing the imagery to circulate, echo, speak in unison, and keep unfolding.
After Grapefruit video documentation of photo book project from A piece A seed A spread, 12 x 12”, 90–page hardcover photo book, 2019