Modern calligraphy often wrangles with the legibility or readability of the text and as such challenges the viewer's eye. Words become images that convey visual rhythms, atmospheres and expressions that we generally associate with the language of the visual artist. The viewer is asked to look, to see, and to feel.
The modern calligraphic text reminds us of the intimacy between lettering and drawing. Calligraphy also constructs a shared dialogue with poetry. Both alter the pace and the nature of our absorption of language. The relationships between the visual and verbal languages have been the driving force behind the creation of the works found on this site.
The image is a page from a recent book titled Errant Errancies. It was a collaboration with the poet, David Annwn. The book is now a part of the San Francisco Public Library Special Collections. Click on link below to see more images and a description of the project.