Detritus by Krissy Wilson

February 1 -  March 1, 2014

Clutch Gallery is pleased to present Detritus, an interactive installation by Krissy Wilson that invites viewers to compose poetry using bits of found language on fragments of porcelain, pottery, and glass collected from tidal shorelines. An ongoing project, Detritus has manifested as cento—poems written from excerpts of existing texts—and live performances with a document camera.

For her show at Clutch Gallery, Wilson will ask gallery visitors to compose and document their own poems using shards collected from Dead Horse Bay, Brooklyn, New York.

You can read an interview about Detritus on  Varsity magazine.  Wilson also maintains a process blog at Wilson has received grants to execute Detritus at Dead Horse Bay and Fort Bragg, California. She hopes to perform an iteration of this project on the foreshore of the River Thames in London this summer.

Krissy Wilson is a writer and artist based in Chicago, IL. She is pursuing an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and she holds a BA in English from the University of Florida. She works at SAIC as a teaching assistant, writing fellow, and Special Collections Assistant in the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection. Her interdisciplinary practice is characterized by constraint-based writing and a desire to value discarded texts. Contact her by e-mail ( or follow her on Twitter at @abrvd.