Speaking Soul, 2007

Speaking Soul came out of an attempt to investigate the seeming limitations of the spoken word in getting our intimate selves across in a meaningful way, particularly when it is not in our mother tongue ...

Speaking Soul, 2007

January – February 2007
City Gallery
Leicester

Speaking Soul came out of an attempt to investigate the seeming limitations of the spoken word in getting our intimate selves across in a meaningful way, particularly when it is not in our mother tongue. The language books that I chose to use for the installation are exclusively utilitarian in their aesthetic. My original intention was to express my ideas through text alone, but using the books containing the texts came to seem more appropriate; this way the embedded quality of language within formal scholarship was revealed. I chose books from the late 1890s to the 1950s to emphasise the fact that language has historical baggage. The books symbolise the hurdles which non-English speakers have to overcome to become more fluent, understood and able to participate emotionally with the culture they find themselves in. My physical interaction with these formal texts acts as a metaphor for their alienation and confusion.

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Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

I didn’t know how to say sorry – acrylic blind, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

I didn’t know how to say sorry – acrylic blind, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

I didn’t know how to say sorry – acrylic blind, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

I didn’t know how to say sorry – acrylic blind, 2007

Speaking Soul: Venitial blind

Speaking Soul

I didn’t know how to say sorry – acrylic blind, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

book pieces, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

book pieces, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

book pieces, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

book pieces, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

book pieces, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

book pieces, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

book pieces, 2007

Speaking Soul: Book

Speaking Soul

book pieces, 2007