process of elimination Blunt force facts inexplicably disengaged on the moment of impact, spilling, inanimate, with a pile of bills, different credit cards, some coins, credentials, a driver's license, a one-way transaction. The picture in the dead man's wallet was the real mystery. This wrinkled passenger, this lingering bit of baggage was traveling on someone else's ticket from the man's murky pocket through the gates of damp leather skin, looking loved in her visual morgue. The fragile image recorded with a flash of her face that the woman was his cheese and crackers, a soft part hardened forever. He whispered from the dead mouthpiece. "I adore you." "Just adore?" "Beyond adore." "Like love?" "Beyond even that." "Beyond that?" death "It's only a word," she said. The slightest clue securely belted, inside a paper cup.
mixed. collage on paper, 20" x 28"back
JAMES W JOHNSON