Cut to the Flesh

Cut to the Flesh


Deena Larsen created a dense page_space that, in the title, encourages the reader to “Cut to the Flesh,” or, perhaps, to approach the material body of the space. Indeed, the rash of Deena’s question marks entices the reader (a “voyeur” as Zellen’s text suggests) to uncover the text-fragments as they interact with the skin/screen of the piece. What is unlocked is a desire for meaning, the desire to read marked with the uneasy lacerations of text, brief moments of scaring as the fragments appear and disappear. The text and “page_space” are effectively separated and joined in the moment of the cut. At one point Zellen’s text reads, “The architecture becomes inverted,” and one is led to wonder if the architecture of the page_space – the flesh upon which the reading takes place – is inverted when the text appears, removing the mark of the question and replacing it with a marking of words, textual “blood” as a sign of an inverted body.