“Only Connect…”

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Self Portrait in Newspaper

Self Portrait in Newspaper

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

This year I have been working on the connection between words, imagery and the audiences interpretation. Newspapers interest me because by the time the paper reaches the public it is obsolete, it is old news. Every second of everyday something new is happening and in the time it takes to write up a story, something new has come along. Even the internet cannot keep up. By deconstructing the text I am interested in how the mind responds. Does it need to make sense of the text? Our brain tells us that words need to be understood; when the words themselves are unintelligible we start to see patterns. We look for sense where there is none, in the same way that we see pictures in the wallpaper or images in clouds. I believe that we are made up of all the words that we say, write, read and hear. We are influenced and shaped by the thoughts and actions of others.

Text Texture

Text Texture

In one sense, words are permanent, once spoken or written they are always there; an echo of past thoughts, maybe past mistakes. On the other hand, words are fragile and ever changing. The idea of what a word means can change over time, in the same way that the meaning behind a sentence can be misunderstood.

Texture Close Up

Texture Close Up

Patterns on text

Patterns on text

How can something stop being itself and still exist? I have been experimenting with patterns that are completely arbitrary and then contrasting that to work where there is far more control in the placement and organisation of the pieces.

Close up of text

Close up of text

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Newspaper Landscape