Creator:Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung
Description:9 slides and 5 photographs documenting Cha's work "The Word." "The Word" consists of black print on 1 yellow t-shirt and black print on 4 white t-shirts. 5 slides document the work, 4 slides are duplicates. 5 slides are numbered #1-#5 in black pen. These slides are also titled, dated and include descriptions of the work.
Words are printed on each t-shirt. The text reads: "THE WORD (LE MOT),""AMARE..SINASM," "A MERRY CAN ISM," "A! MER IN CAN ISM," "A MARR CAN ISM." Cha is manipulating the word "Americanism." She is reducing the word to minimal units and transforming the word through this manipulation. Through this process Cha exposes the multiple meanings to the viewer and creates new relationships. The multiple interpretations give multiple dimensions to the work and the audience is left free to imagine, remember, define. (MFA Thesis 1978). The slides were discovered in a tin slide case.