The vocabulary encountered in Infinite Jest can engender any number of specific word lists, relating to tennis terminology or drug slang, for example. One such spinoff list, emerging out of my reading and derived from the subtly distinguished colours mentioned by Wallace, became the basis for this body of work. I borrowed from the print practice of making ‘draw-downs’: mixing and then testing colours by thinly applying ink onto paper with an ink knife. This procedure, in which one imagines in the mind’s eye how an image will appear once printed in a given colour, seems analogous to how a reader might visualize colours encountered in a text. Although easily mistaken for a preparatory stage, undertaken in advance of printing, the draw-downs are the work itself.
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