For more than a decade, I have been installing my extremely short stories on the walls of private homes and art galleries. By means of a process called photocopy transfer, I print these site-specific stories directly on the walls, as well as on wood panels, canvas, paper, and other materials.
I've long wanted to occupy an entire Baltimore rowhouse with these microfictions (10-50 words), installing stories that tell the history of a fictional family who lived in that home—their lives, hopes, trials, happiness and sorrows.
Recently, I decided to take the matter into my own home, using that familiar and intimate space to create MicroFiction RowHouse. After installing 40+ stories, writing many stories and placing them on a variety of surfaces in every room, I share my home with this fictional family and its spirits. The stories are of many shapes and sizes to match the space they are printed on, the room they occupy, and tale they tell.
In a bid to fund MicroFiction RowHouse, I launched a GoFundMe campaign. The campaign is meant to fund the project space, the time, materials, and a large series of public events.
Events held at the project space included two literary readings, hosted by local writers Jamie Perez and Justin Sanders, two musical performances by local bands Duchess and the DeadBirds and The Mole Suit Choir, an opening reception, and three workshops. A workshop led by encaustic painter Christine Sajecki taught participants about photocopy transfer, a workshop on the art of ranting was led by writer and publisher Dylan Kinnett, and I led a workshop in microfiction writing.
Articles on the project appeared in the art blog Hyperallergic and the BaltimoreSun and I was interviewed about MicroFiction RowHouse on WYPR.