Six in a Room is one in a series of word drawings I began in graduate school. Each strip of paper contains the words of a close friend. They were all asked to choose 5 words representing preoccupations – things that had been on their mind of late. I was interested in giving up control to others in terms of the subject matter of this piece, and in what my acts of my writing and externalizing their words repeatedly would mean.
Some parts of the piece – like the smudges that occurred when the ink blotted or my hand got tired – were elements of chance and loss of control to which I wanted to make myself available.