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The paintings and writing presented above are highly contingent upon the insights of friends and others. It is this contingency that drives the work forward. 

The name ‘flights and fissures’ is lifted from the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. A line of flight refers to the scene of disappearance associated with a painting’s vanishing point. A fissure is a narrow opening or crack which disrupts the wholeness of a form. 

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For one year I painted a series of watercolors with my mother who has dementia. It was the last year she lived at home. Is This Your House? brings together a selection of these paintings with poetry and photography. The entwinements of these disparate materials constitute a single disjointed history. An expanded volume of this project will be published in 2019. 

“Is This Your House?”, Volume: August and September. Paintings by Joan and David Whelan. In collaboration with Max Harvey, Li You and Gao Muxi. Printed in Beijing and published by The Seeld Library, New York, 2015.