Growing up in the Black Hills of South Dakota there was, in a neighboring town, a Utah and Idaho sugar beet factory. The sugar products were marketed with a simple U and I Sugar printed on their paper containers.
U and I Sugar became for us a common localism of endearment or comradery. The factory is long gone but the expression survives and I still find it surfacing in my conversation.
Because U and I Sugar so aptly suggests the personal and metaphorical content of the watercolor poems I have chosen it for the title of this book.
The water color poems are about relationships. They are about the intimate and complex relationships we have with, ourselves, those we love, the places where we find ourselves, and the seeming randomness of the everyday things we find around us. These ideas are abstractly expressed through a confluence of three separate visual voices and one verbal. They are like a fractured mirror with each segment reflecting a different view of the whole. What is reflected is brought together in the viewing, each in their own way, by the viewer.
I am passionate about documenting small town high school football in the American West. I shoot digital and film (often with toy cameras). I have an extensive prepress background specializing in scanning and preflighting jobs for print (my first attempt in uploading a book to Blurb via "PDF to Book" was successful). I've never been that impressed with InDesign (i.e. Pagemaker on steroids) so I am a dedicated QuarkXPress user despite the popularity of InDesign. You can find me on Facebook and Flickr as well as my two blogs: Everyday Dissidence and Small Town High School Football.
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