On The Rod is a 322 page artist’s book project that used collaging, over-painting, erasure poetry-ing, postcarding and illustration techniques to obliterate a single copy of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and turn it into a queer feminist interjection. Let’s face it. It’s the misogynist hipster bible for being an artless alcoholic male dirtbag, and it stood in as a metaphor for a lot of things in my life, so I fixed it page by page. Now it’s allllll better.
2500+ postcards (all reproductions of various pages from On The Rod) were lovingly placed in random library books throughout Melbourne (& in select other locations), for readers to find and keep.
Really, I just wanted to have more poems in the State Library of Victoria than some wanker like Les Murray or Banjo Patterson, while fixing Jack Kerouac’s misogynistic ‘masterpiece’. Two birds. One stone.