‘-ish’ is largely used for three purposes:
With regard to the third purpose, ’-ish’ is mainly used as an expression to describe something close enough but decisively different and often negative. It can be compared to the similarly used suffix ‘-like’ (ex: childish / childlike, adultish / adult-like). ‘-ish’ can be both ‘almost’ and ‘barely,’ which is contradictory in itself.
Because of this quality, ‘-ish’ can be used in many circumstances and softly evades specificity. I am focusing on this word in order to visualize almost but barely delivered thoughts.
2019, endless coin toss spiral wishing well, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, US
2019, spiral coin toss funnel, ₩10 (Korean penny), motor, wood, metal, trampoline fabric, mesh
41"x 72"x 36", Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, US
2019, Spinning and whistling nerf balls chasing each others tale. Clampable at any objects.
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, US
spring door stop, quarter coin support to increase tension
2019, whistling nerf balls, clamps, iron, motor
53" x 13" x 4", Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, US
2020, glass bowl, magnifying glass, metal, motor, spring, wooden ball, 15” x 20" x 60"
A glass orb is slowly rubbing against a lens. Inside the orb, there is a wooden ball with a sentence burnt in. The sentence is written backwards and it saids “ish at the end of everything and you’ll always be right”.