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Natalie Czech, Paperdraft, 2015, ink-jet prints, resin form, glue, 46 × 31 3/4".

Natalie Czech

CRAC Alsace

Natalie Czech, Paperdraft, 2015, ink-jet prints, resin form, glue, 46 × 31 3/4".

A few years ago, while speaking about some of her early pieces for the series “Poems by Repetition,” 2013–, Natalie Czech described these works as “writing with photography.” Abstract as it might sound, her statement stayed with me, and now in retrospect it seems key to understanding Czech’s work. This was most recently apparent in her extensive solo show at the French CRAC Alsace, where examples from all her important groups of works were exhibited. Czech’s photographs incisively present subtle semantic linkages between image and sign, text and object, literary and quotidian genres of text and image. Her image-making process involves the subjective reading of poems (and, most recently, visual symbols) into found materials such as magazine articles, advertising circulars, album covers, and other printed matter. For the series “Hidden Poems,” 2010–12, for example, she marked letters

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