“Since it is not a system, not a method, it cannot be homogenized. Since it takes the singularity of every context into account, Deconstruction is different from one context to another. So I should certainly want to reject the idea that ‘Deconstruction’ denotes any theory, method or univocal concept.”

Jacques Derrida, “Jacques Derrida: In Discussion with Christopher Norris,” interview by Christopher Norris, in Deconstruction: Omnibus Volume, Ed. Andreas Papadakis, Catherine Cooke, and Andrew Benjamin (London: Academy Editions, 1989), 73.

The following constitutes what what I feel embodies the whole of my effort to deconstruct the common quilt. By common, I am referring to the four-square formula for the construction and the assemblage of quilts; grandma’s pattern. I accomplish this by the structural reformation of the basic square using a large square as a back upon which to appliqué one-hundred and forty-four individually cut tessera, (squares in themselves), or fewer tessera, the minimum of which would be one tessera sufficient in size to occupy the entire surface. These larger backing squares are then sewn in pattern using a more traditional manner of quilting to produce the overall quilt work. Four components out of Jacque Derrida’s writings on deconstruction comprise the intent of this effort and these are: 1). I am …, 2). Différance, 3). Cogito, and 4). Contre.

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“I am not a poet, but a poem. A poem that is being written, even if it looks like a subject.” —(Four viii), Jacques Lacan

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“Derrida posits two simultaneously occurring marks within each singular occurrence of a sign: ‘one mark inside and the other outside the deconstructed system’. In other words one mark operates outside any given context to establish the identity of the sign across contexts.”

“Mosaic of Juxtaposition: William S. Burroughs’ Narrative Revolution” by Michael Sean Bolton, (pg. 133).


Here we have my Avatar for this Word Press website. I mean, we have every reason to believe this is a bottle cap, at least it exudes all the indicators of it being a bottle cap. Yet, if we were to be specific our explanation of what we see would be clear it is not a bottle cap in fact, only the image of one
side of a bottle cap. As such, it maintains all the qualifications required of a Sign or Signifier as presented by Derrida. It has, in other words, an inside and an outside, as defined by the edge of the cap image and background. Still the question persists, a cap signifying what content? Well, if anyone knows anything about bottle caps, the solution is simple, or not. Turn the bottle cap over and look at the logo. Yes, of course. However, this is, as Signifiers are want to be, an interpretation of a bottle cap, thereby a representation, so turning it over gets the back side of a photo, not the logo, which is, in this case, the true content of the signified. The consequence of this view of context provides for the insertion of self into the affect of this engagement disconnected from
any fixed time or place removing this encounter from any other landscape than experience. Somebody popped the cap off that bottle and in the process initiated a narrative. – b

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“In our world of powerful stimuli and the often irresponsible, commercially motivated love of experimentation for its own sake, there is a great deal that does not establish real communication. For intoxication alone cannot insure lasting communication.”

Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful (UK: 1970), p. 51.

“Personally, I feel my art beckons the consciousness to reach into the comfort found embedded within the notion of a “fullness of time” and not simply to imbibe the narrowness of some limited point at the end of an unfinished line.” – b

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“‘Contre,’ meaning as it does both opposition and proximity, is comparable to the ambivalent figure of the interstice and the deconstructive notion of ‘espacement,’ sharing in the way these limit-concepts blur the distinctions between inside and outside, self and other, presence and absence.”

(Up) AgAinst the (in) Between:
interstitiAl spAtiAlity in genet And derridA Clare Blackburne

It is a simple question really: is there a difference between collage and mosaic? – b

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