R.H.Quaytman is making a continuous work in sections that she calls “chapters,” each of which is one show. Individual panels are then paragraphs or sentences. The whole thing is a narrative in pictures, and since many of the panels don’t have images it is a difficult one to read. I think it is a very interesting objectification of the series format.
One modern ideal is the work that stands absolutely on its own. Duchamp is so far the best exponent of this approach. Each work should be the embodiment of its own laws, therefore no two works will resemble each other. Of course no one, not even Duchamp, could meet such a high standard, but abstract painters normally don’t even try—they all work in series. Quaytman’s way is to allow a large range of difference between the panels, encompassed under one concept. This is similar to my own effort called A Geomorphic Fantasy, although I only have one such piece and her entire career is a single on-going narrative. So far. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Quaytman’s chapters collected. The first volume is available at http://www.sequencepress.com/products/spine