I’ve been thinking lately about using symbolic text in my artwork. Letters and words at their core are just a mix of curved and straight lines. Language is the art of taking those lines and giving them meaning. The result is that when we write down certain line shapes in certain order, we understand the meaning behind the markings. It’s pretty fascinating to think of text in this way- as symbols we use to communicate thoughts and ideas to each other. Without understanding how these lines and curves form letters, words, and sentences, language is meaningless.
In that sense, how does text add symbolic meaning to our artwork? For example, the word “memory” above- how does this word gain additional meaning as part of my collage? How does my collage become more symbolic through the use of this word? The words we include in our art become more than just words- they serve as symbols on multiple levels and lend our art a depth that is difficult to achieve in any other way. What are your thoughts on adding text to your artwork?