Letters, characters and symbols inherent in languages worldwide
serve as inspiration for the Alphabet ink drawings. As ornamental lines
sag and sway, twist and intersect, or spill out in various directions,
the flowing movement of the pen parallels the act of breathing. However,
upon magnification of linear details, all notions of familiarity are abandoned.
Regardless of the viewer’s level of fluency in any particular language,
irregular characters create an imaginary form of communication verbalized
by a non-existent culture speaking an array of untranslatable sounds and
It seems preposterous
that so much care is given to the obsessive rendering of a vocabulary
that cannot be decoded. But consider the
words of philosopher, Walter Benjamin: “The relation between
what we see and what we know is never settled.”
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