The text in this piece is excerpted from Wendy Bishop's found poem, "V-Mail" (American Poetry Review 17.5 (1988): 7-8). She has generously allowed me to help myself to this work commenting that, after all, the words were "only found anyway." The poem is a kind of cataloguing of desires and expectations taken from the correspondence Bishop's father sent to her mother during the time he was stationed overseas in the 1940s.

In Exile, text runs vertically and horizontally across a map which I have altered by removing language, reworking physical features, and by fragmenting. The viewer enters this landscape, traversing and literally framing this location.

Line illustrations throughout the initial layer are the result of a collaboration between Erika Suderburg and Jill Giegerich -- who supplied another source of found materials and in so doing reinterpreted the text yet again.

Lisa Bloomfield, 1997

Exile