Script….our new collaborative theme for Vision/ReVision

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Jane Hammond, “Four Ways to Blue,” 2006, printed, cut and collaged papers, 10 1/2 x 12 inches. © Jane Hammond

Words and images have been working in collaboration since the beginning of time with the Egyptian hieroglyphs, to the illuminated manuscripts of the middle ages, to today’s clever creations with computer software programs.

We have been curious about using words in our artwork for some time and decided that our Vision/ReVision project would be an excellent way of sharing this process with one another as well as YOU.   We recognize the tension that words have in a visual composition.  Do you want to read words in a piece of art?  Do we rely too much on the written word to express all the intricate experiences we have?  Why put words in art when the images are saying so much more?  Do words detract from the visual meaning or do they have the potential to enhance it?

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Ed Ruscha’s famous drawings from the 1960’s

These questions are just the beginning of our conversation and are exactly the reason why we want to explore this idea.  There is a lot going on here.  There is so much going on that there was a recent art exhibition in New Jersey at the Zimmerli Art Museum titled “Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Aritsts”. This is going to be a fantastic resource for us as we discuss this topic through our work.  Another opportunity in Charleston, SC has come up at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art with artist Lesley Dill.  Tina will be attending her talk on Friday so look forward to how this will influence her ideas on this topic.  Watch this video for some INSPIRATION.  We liked how she said in this video that her pivot point for all of the work in sculpture, painting, drawing, and mixed media is language.

We have chosen to name our exploration into this topic “Script”.  This suggests to us the handwritten element of language.  It is not that we are going to literally insert just words, quotes, or sentences (but we will do this too), but explore how line, shape, and texture of written letters and words affect composition and meaning.  As usual, we will post a photograph to one another along with some initial thoughts.  We want this to be as open as possible to see where this will lead us.  In response to one another we will post a ReVision that is hand made and then sent through the mail.  We will post all of this here for you to follow along.

Laura’s Vision 1: Script

Laura's Vision 1 -Script Series

Dear Tina,

I am really excited about our new theme! I found this globe in a quaint, antique shop in NH a few months ago while on an adventure with Michelle. I wasn’t sure where I was going to put it in my house but I loved the colors and had to have it. Both the globe and flowers fill me with possibility. The globe allows me to dream about all that there is to do, learn and see in this world and the flowers remind me that spring is right around the corner.

xoLaura

Tina’s Vision 1: Script

Tina Vision 1: Script

Dear Laura,

I took this photograph when I was in New Orleans this past summer.  I was fascinated how the history of the buildings could be seen in layers like this.  You can even see a layer of some sort of hand painted sign, although worn by time and weather.  I am looking forward to seeing what you do with this string of thought!

Tina

 

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