‘Manhattan Transfer Dot Collages’ is a three-part collage series responding to John Dos Passos’ novel Manhattan Transfer. The novel is illustrated with text extracts preluding each chapter. Whilst each passage varies in plot, character and scene, the author pieces together fragments of a city characterised by ruthlessness, movement and power.
The response is three A1 screen prints. A configuration of dots move across the prints in an algorithmic pattern where the white circles predict the movement of the brown circles on the following print. The cycle is locked in repeat, with the last collage connecting back to the first. Like the vignettes of Manhattan Transfer, the individual prints appear abstract but together form a unified whole.