in marfa, our collaborative piece was out in the landscape on the outskirts of town, but the headquarters of the exhibition was the marfa ballroom, who hosted the show. when i arrived at the space, only the first two letters of a very long wall text had been painted in, and it was strange and wonderful to see a large yellow wall that said only "em".
when i arrived home last night, i picked up a dictionary to see potentials on various words that began with em, suggesting trajectories for the wall text, making subjective choices and associations.
here a list, with some obviously known, and others read for the first time...
em - 1. the letter m. 2. printing. the square of the body size of any type, used as a unit of measure, originally an em was equivalent to the space occupied by the letter M in any given font.
emanation - an act or instance of emanating; a coming or flowing forth.
emarginate - having a notched tip, as a leaf or petal.
embark - to set out on a venture.
embayment - a bay or baylike shape. the formation of a bay
ember - a small piece of live coal or wood.
emblaze - to set on fire
emblazon - to ornament richly
emblem - an object or depiction of an object that comes to represent something else, usually by suggesting its nature or history.
embody - to invest with, or as if with bodily form. to make corporeal. to personify. to make part of a united whole.
embosom - to clasp of hold in the bosom; cherish; embrace. to shelter.
embouchere - the mouth of a river. 2. a. the mouthpiece of a wind instrument. b.the manner in which the lips and tongue are applied to such a mouthpiece.
embow - to curve into the shape of a bow or arch.
embrace - to clasp or hold to one with arms, usually as a display of affection. to take in with the eyes or mind.
embroidery - ornamentation of fabric with needlework.
emend - to improve a text by critical editing
emerald - a brilliant, transparent, green beryl used as a gemstone.
emersed - rising above the surface of water, as leaves of stems of aquatic plants.
emerson, ralph waldo - 1803 - 1882. american essayist and poet.
emission spectrum - teh spectrum of bright lines, bands, or continuous radiation chacteristic of and determined by specific emitting substance subjected to a specific kind of excitation.
emmetropia - the condition of the normal eye when parallel rays are focused exactly on the retina and vision is perfect.
emotionalist - one whose conduct, thought, or rhetoric is governed by emotion rather than reason, often as a matter of policy.
empathy - 1. the attribution of feelings aroused by an object in nature or art to the object itself, as when one speaks of a painting full of love. 2. understanding so intimate that the feelings, thoughts, and motives of one are readily comprehended by another.
emperor - 2. a. any of several brightly colored butterflies of the family nymphalidae.
empiric - one who believes that practical experience is the sole source of knowledge.
empress tree - a tree, paulownia tomentosa, native to china, having large, hairy leaves and clusters of lavender flowers.
empurple - to color or tinge with purple.
empyreal - 2. of or pertaining to the sky. celestial. 3. formed of pure fire or light.
emulsion - 2. photography. a light sensitive coating, usually of silver halide grains in a thin gelatin layer, on photographic film, paper, or glass.
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