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Only now is the child finally divested of all that he has been. His origins are become remote as is his destiny and not again in all the world's turning will there be terrains so wild and barbarous to try whether the stuff of creation may be shaped to man's will or whether his own heart is not another kind of clay (Blood Meridian, p. 4).

Cormac McCarthy's 1985 novel Blood Meridian follows "the kid," a 14-year-old boy born in Tennessee, as he runs away from home and navigates the 1849/1850 American and Mexican landscape, which at that time was in a process of being thoroughly tamed. This is a period when industrialization was taking off--Casper David Friedrich, the German Romantic painter, had been dead for ten years and John D. Rockefeller was eleven years old .

This website contains the written portion of my Master of Fine Arts thesis project for California College of the Arts. It is a series of web pages built using HTML, CSS and a minimal amount of PHP. I have decided to make it primarily using HTML and CSS because, although these systems are rigid when compared to the fluidity of paint, I enjoy the formal agency made possible by having access to the pieces (materials) that construct the whole. Like painting, the elements of HTML can be combined to create an infinite number of formations. Social and cultural standards emerge out of a variety of criteria, for example: legibility, productivity, or effectiveness. These standards tend to herd the media (websites) into social/cultural/linguistic systems, but this does not negate the possibilities for doing things differently.

The group of links at the top of each page is the main menu of this website. Under the heading "concepts" are links to pages containing writing about each, which represent the main terms that I am dealing with. Under the heading "work" are links to pages having to do with two groups of my current work [name them, at least with provisional titles] that are feeding off the information generated in the concept pages.