Notes On Telephone Lines (2020), Google Doc, 31 pages



Greta Enloe + Juan Alberto Franco Ricardo


Artist Statement

Hello? Can you hear me?

We talked on the phone about memory and we came across a place to take notes. Our voices travelled across some three thousand miles to discover the process of making. Memory in the body allows travel and distancing. A process where the personal meets the challenge of representing an almost unexplainable process. The simplicity of line connects points in space and points in time.

Memory works like drawing a line because a line's imperfections, the humanness of its mark, connect and embellish ideas. When we communicate with our memories, about our memories, we create intersections of past times, bending lines that had no intention of meeting.

This document acts both like an artwork and spaces that display works of art. Imagine that scrolling through the pages represents a walking action, from wall to floor to ceiling to wall. Walk past uninteresting ideas, examine what catches your interests.

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Yep, I can hear you- loud and clear!

We tried many ways to explain what memory is, exactly- is it an amalgamation of factual events and images creating a fabricated reality? Is it synapses making connections across the brain? Is it our individual experiences crosshatched with our own biases and opinions?

To be fair, I don’t think we settled on an answer. We did, however, settle on the telephone wire as a perfect symbol of what exactly we were trying to say. It’s a fabricated pathway to convey the very real phenomenon of voice, of presence. Ironically enough, it was also how we were able to communicate with one another in the first place.

The line is the foundation of, well, most things. A simple point from A to B. It can also intersect unexpectedly, maybe take a hard left just when you thought it would go right. Perhaps the telephone wire was a forgone conclusion to you. If memory serves me right, I’m not so sure it felt the same to us.

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Artist Biography—
Greta Enloe

Greta Enloe is a multi-media artist currently based in Seattle, entering her senior year as an IVA student at the University of Washington. Finding inspiration from many disciplines, her art takes many forms and leans heavily on the principles and practices of printmaking. Humor is an important factor in her work- inviting viewers to engage with the work without the traditional barriers between art and its audience.

She lends her irreverent sensibilities as the Visual Content Editor of Off Leash News, a satirical publication, and has also participated in unique shows, such as Surplus 2, a collection of works using exclusively recycled and discarded materials.

Artist Biography—
Juan F. Ricardo

Juan Alberto Franco Ricardo is a visual artist and curator born in Bogotá and currently based in Washington, DC. They ground artistic and curatorial practice in collaboration and dialogue with other artists and cultural workers in order to create artist-centric, justice-driven works of art and creative experiences.

Juan constructs image-based works with the aid of film and digital cameras, flatbed scanners, and found imagery. Their artistic practice focuses on queer intimacies, relationships, and memories. Their curatorial practice investigates the politics of memory, the violence of forgetting, and the role of the artist as creators of non-traditional archives.