Carets, strike-outs, underlines, circles and dots

Oil on wood
Private Collections

Edit marks form a near-obsolete notation system, now that most copy-editing is completed using the ‘track changes’ function of word processing software. Working from a digital scan of hand-written copy edit marks found online, a sign painter was hired to interpret the marks in a series of 48 paintings on wood. Reproducing these marks as ‘oil paintings’ elevates their provisional status as an invisible part of the publication process, and speaks to the history of printers’ ornaments and margin notes of the scribe and the rubricator.

Publication Studio, Vancouver