Language creates artificial divisions that obscure things as they are. Words lock us into a specific way of thinking, even though reality has no restrictions on what categories might apply. I decided to make this explicit by labelling everything with a label maker, both with the literal or “normal” word for what the thing was as well as any other interpretation I could find. The utilitarian nature of the label maker lent an air of authority to the new interpretations.

labels by will doenlen, this one an avocado

Untitled, 2018

Avocado and cutting board with labels, 10 x 14”

labels by will doenlen, a photograph of a fully labelled sandwich

Untitled, 2018

Sandwich with labels, 4 x 6”

labels by will doenlen, inside a fully labelled sandwich

Untitled, 2018

Open sandwich with labels, 8 x 6”

portrait of the artist, will doenlen making labels
the mess you made labelling art making
Leanne Luce