92-3 Notations/Relations (Visual Poem), 1974

This work combining the poetry of the contemporary poet, Octavio Paz and my pictures was published by the Visual Arts Center of Harvard University and sold at the Modern Museum of Art in New York. There are three visual poems each of which can be rotated to make the poem gradually appear and to transform the design.

Generally, in works combining poems and pictures, the poems take precedence and the pictures are executed with the poems in mind. Suchpictures are weakened by their illustrative character, and I find them unsatisfactory. I wanted to reverse this process and therefore handed Octavio my designs before he had written his poems. He told me later that it was nevertheless an enjoyable experience. When I consider that Octavio wrote the poems for my design, I feel very fortunate. Thank you, Octavio.