Is a new rigid distinction between language and image to blame for the toxicity in communication today?

Is a new rigid distinction between language and image to blame for the toxicity in communication today?

Isaac Moss

This painting explores the relationship between image and language. By divorcing both from their assigned values and conflating them, my work posits that text and image are arbitrary. The work sits between mediums, neither print nor painting. This has allowed me to explore the tension between language and image from both a conceptual and material standpoint. 

Historically, painting has been responsible for the creation of imagery and printing for the dissemination of text. Utilising this tension, my work does no more than aim to reinstate the ambiguous nature of both. Between familiarity and illegibility, my practice is about arbitrariness. Language is considered and explored as visual material; 'Roman' script becomes ideographic. Material from shorthand writing converters and sign language fonts are used as ready-mades. Through continuous sublimation printing process, the imagery is distorted until it is no longer decipherable. My current work finds itself in the midst of this blurred distinction, between image and language. Recognisable but displaced.

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