The subtIe communication that comes with symbols have always interested me, and recently I have started recalling how it has surfaced in my art-making: I have used Braille quite extensively, created an alphabet out of DNA strands, done a large-scale installation out of hand-drawn sign language and a short video piece on a blind woman called Lena. Strangely enough, it is only recently that I have made the connection between these artworks. They are held together by language.
With my recent interest towards the sonic, it is especially the sonics sketches that have prompted me to think about language. According to the Collins Dictionary, 'language is a system of communication which consists of a set of sounds and written symbols which are used by the people of a particular country or region for talking or writing.' The sonic sketches are a set of sound drawings, so my question is: is sonic patterning a language? I believe it is.
The question then is: how to make sense of this language of line ..?