Megan Arnold

the Arithmetic of Loss: Division
Insta-book: cut and folded from 11 x 17 inches sheet
4.25 x 5.5 inches

I’m inspired by letters both as graphic elements and as containers of meaning.
One of the answers to the Why? Ugh, verging on artese. But it’s true. I mean, have you ever really looked at an ‘a’? or any of the letters? They are (can be) SO beautiful. An so different, in different type faces. You can put them together to make pictures. Or to make words. Or both.

Drawing scares me.
One of the answers to Why letterpress? Drawing makes you vulnerable, and, as someone said, you can’t lie. Not that I want to. Lie that is, but for the moment having my friends the letters to approach the blank page with is a safer way to express my creativity. I know, what’s the difference? Making marks is making marks. I have drawn in the past - and survived - get over yourself and pick up the pen/pencil/charcoal/whatever.

I grew up in a home without a TV.
This may or may not explain some things about me. It does mean I read lots of books as a kid.

Writing helps me find the meanings in life.
Sometimes. Other times I just end up with more questions.

Moving one letter makes words into sword.
The amazing fun of letters! One can make such a difference. (f)ire, wr(e)ath, (p)art, s(t)ing, (d)anger...I could go on and on...anon...

All work is autobiographical, although it isn’t necessarily about me.
Yes, some of my poetry is about or inspired by things that have happened in my life, but who really wants to read about that? Sure there’s the specific, and details make it real, but there’s also the search for the common or universality of the human experience and connecting with others.

The lyrics of Guantanamera are based on poetry by Jose Marti.
For those who take the time to read it all, it nothing else they’ve increased their random knowledge nugget store.

I don’t mind people thinking “I could have done that,” about my work, as long as they then go make something themselves.
Seriously. I mean I try to avoid being serious, where possible, so I guess what I mean is I mean this. It’s not snarky at all. That people might be inspired to go make stuff!

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