Notes on Clarissa is an ongoing project based on the 18th-century epistolary novel Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. The 99 collages in Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) are derived from 4 x 6-inch exhibition cards of my 2019 installation Ebb Tide at ODETTA/Chelsea. Volume I was shown in my 2020 solo exhibition "Uneasy Terms" at Undercurrent in Brooklyn, NY.

The novel's story is told primarily through the correspondence (500+ letters) between four principal characters, and details the drama of a young woman's seduction, violation and ultimate tragedy. Each collage alludes to one of the letters in the four-volume novel. The considered manipulation of exhibition ephemera highlights the interplay between the materials used in my installations and the photographic representation of that work. 

Below is a selection of collages from Volume I. CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.


 

I/XXXV
2019
Exhibition card, Mylar, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, acrylic paint, staples, eyelet
I/XLIII
2019
Exhibition card, acrylic paint, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, staples, eyelet
I/LII
2019
Exhibition card, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelet
I/XXXI
2019
Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelets
I/XXX
2019
Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelets
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, staples, eyelet
I/XXXIII
2019
Exhibition card, staples, eyelet
Variousdimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, vellum, staples, eyelets
I/LXXXV
2019
Exhibition card, vellum, staples, eyelets
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, plastic mesh, staples, eyelet
I/LVII
2019
Exhibition card, plastic mesh, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, acrylic paint, staples, eyelet
I/XXXIV
2019
Exhibition card, acrylic paint, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, plastic garbage bags, vinyl, staples, eyelet
I/XLVI
2019
Exhibition card, plastic garbage bags, vinyl, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, staples, eyelet
I/XVII
2019
Exhibition card, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, lenticular plastic, staples, eyelet
I/XXI
2019
Exhibition card, lenticular plastic, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, acrylic paint, staples, eyelets
I/XXIV
2019
Exhibition card, acrylic paint, staples, eyelets
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, lenticular plastic, staples, eyelet
I/XXII
2019
Exhibition card, lenticular plastic, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, acrylic paint, staples, eyelet
I/XV
2019
Exhibition card, acrylic paint, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, black foil, staples, eyelet
I/XLIV
2019
Exhibition card, black foil, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, plastic garbage bags, staples, eyelet
I/XLVIII
2019
Exhibition card, plastic garbage bags, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, paper & vellum, staples, eyelet
I/XLII
2019
Exhibition card, paper & vellum, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, black foil, staples, eyelets
I/LXVI
2019
Exhibition card, black foil, staples, eyelets
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelets
I/XCIV
2019
Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelets
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelet
I/XC
2019
Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, vellum, staples, eyelet
I/XII
2019
Exhibition card, vellum, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelets
I/X
2019
Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelets
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, lenticular plastic, staples, eyelet
I/LXII
2019
Exhibition card, lenticular plastic, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, staples, eyelet
I/IX
2019
Exhibition card, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition cards, black foil, staples, eyelets
I/XCIX
2019
Exhibition cards, black foil, staples, eyelets
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelet
I/LII
2019
Exhibition card, plastic garbage bag, staples, eyelet
Various dimensions
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I)
Notes on Clarissa (Volume I), installation view
2020
Approx. 10 x 21 ft.

As shown in solo exhibition "Uneasy Terms" at Undercurrent, Brooklyn, NY
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I)
Notes on Clarissa (Volume I) installation view, detail
2020

As shown in solo exhibition "Uneasy Terms" at Undercurrent, Brooklyn, NY
Gelah Penn Notes on Clarissa (Volume I)
Notes on Clarissa (Volume I), installation view, detail
2020

As shown in solo exhibition "Uneasy Terms" at Undercurrent, Brooklyn NY