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Thunder 1 (2016)

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Thunder 2 (2016)

thunder-3

Thunder 3: clap (2016)

thunder-4

Thunder 4: whore (2016)

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Thunder 5 (2016)

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Thunder 6: shut the door (2016)

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Thunder 7 (2017)

thunder-8

Thunder 8 (2017)

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Thunder 9: cough (2017)

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Thunder 10: Norse Gods (2017)

There are ten “thunderwords” in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, the first nine are 100 letters long, the last 101. While they are aurally constructed to sound like thunder, they are not purely onomatopoetic words: they are assembled from multi-linguistic words and fragments. These 10 pieces (pencil and rubber-stamp on newsprint; image size 12″x12″, paper size 18″x24″) reproduce Joyce’s thunderwords as 10×10 grids, each a perverse word-search puzzle.

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