Sun, moon, water, sky, earth, star; these are the words that shape the circular component of Holt’s concrete poem. The poem alludes to the cosmos as it is contained by the various frames and reflections of the earth below, from the human eye, to a pool of water, to the lens of a camera. Human perception of the cosmos and its earthly accomplices are the driving force behind the larger part of Holt’s oeuvre. In this early work, Holt manages to fit her most influential concepts within the confines of a circle.
Based on Lucy Lippard’s exhibition at the Fischbach Gallery entitled, “Eccentric Abstraction,” Crossword Work is a functional crossword puzzle and artwork of the unexpected. While it adheres to basic principles of crossword, Crossword Work uses the grid to create an unconventional design. The words in the answer key range from high-brow artistic concepts to simple colloquialisms: bra, ants, tacos. The humorous juxtaposition invites viewers to engage in spectatorship, investigation, and self-awareness - an invitation that resounds throughout Holt’s oeuvre.