For the past five years, Casebeer has been taking notes. The Phoenix artist (who goes by her last name only) went to school for creative writing and says she started painting and collaging when she had a bad case of writer's block. But for the past few years, the words have started to come back.
She calls her process "The Sentence Camera," which has been a five-year project/habit of writing down bits of overheard dialogue on her arm in Sharpie marker. (And, yes, though she's run the idea by Sharpie, the company doesn't recommend writing on your arm for five years.)
Last summer, the artist crossed paths with the owners of Tilt Gallery, 7046 East Main Street in Scottsdale, and dreamed up a solo exhibition that could showcase her documentary art project. The result is a massive installation of words Casebeer has taken from her Sentence Camera and scrawled on paper that covers the gallery's walls, along with text-based paintings and photographs she took along the way.