Tuesday, February 28, 2012


"got pop" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Letter to Earl continues with:
While we were at church Bud come over and got pop to come over to look after Lady she was sick.

Up next: indigestion.

Monday, February 20, 2012


"tonight is just icy enough" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

I anxiously awaited my delivery of old letters. I hadn't thought of it before now, but that is a sure way to get some mail, isn't it? But really, you know that I cannot resist vintage mail and photographs. One recent find inspired me completely, it is handwritten in pencil in a very nice clean cursive. There are over 20 towns-people mentioned in it, that's enough to make a book with, and that is just what I want to do. So here is the beginning of my fictionalization of characters to go with this letter to Earl, signed by Dad, Ralph and Mother. Here it begins:

to: Pfc. Earl J. Pontius
MP Section
1540 SW
Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Lewisburg, Ohio January 17, 1943

Dear Earl,
Well another dreary Sunday is over. Tonight it is just icy enough that people who have no business out had better stay at home. While Ralph and I were at church it began to rain and freeze as it came down. I cannot walk without scattering ashes where I want to travel. I hope you will not have ice as we have here . . .

Up next: let's get pop.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


"third right molar missing" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Daniel O'Connell was also charged with violating the Espionage Act of June 15, 1917.

He was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment due to his opposition of the draft laws.

This is my last prisoner for a while. I have some old letters that need my attention. I think I will start building some stories around them.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


"condition of teeth unknown" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Jim Wong was arrested in Nogales, Arizona in March of 1917. He was convicted of smuggling opium.

"The most important reason for the increase in opiate consumption in the United States during the 19th century was the prescribing and dispensing of legal opiates by physicians and pharmacists to women with ”female problems” (mostly to relieve menstrual pain). Between 150,000 and 200,000 opiate addicts lived in the United States in the late 19th century and between two-thirds and three-quarters of these addicts were women."  source

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I decided to follow my own advice. For years I've been telling my design clients that you have to be clear about what you do. How will anyone know about it if it is too vague? But that is just what I was doing with my all too artsy business web site. Chez Match is my design studio, but I had a lot of flash animation and fun movies on my pages and no real content, even the navigation bar kept moving on every page. Well that's all changed now. I have redesigned and relaunched my site. It is content driven and clear and it's still fun. I hope you take a look. Let me know what you think!

Monday, February 6, 2012


"pigs is pigs" 6 x 4 inches, collage on paint swatch postcard

Why did I choose these elements? I don't know. Last night I wanted to begin with nothing but a random collection of things cut out. I have this little box that contains all the scraps that I made other work with. These were in the box. It doesn't make any sense. I am sending it to Shari, maybe she can give me an analysis.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


"third upper right molar missing" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

This is Thomas Carey. He was convicted in San Francisco on violation of the Espionage Act of June 15, 1917. He was charged in a conspiracy to obstruct the recruiting and enlistment service and in conspiracy to make false certificates concerning liability for military service and sentenced on September 9, 1917. 

Others who have been charged under the Espionage Act are Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Daniel Ellsberg and, most recently, Julian Assange.