This text is a sculpture, laser-cut acrylic, approximately 20”x30”, 2011.
This text is a sculpture, is a laser-cut acrylic text piece, which is installed on a wall without any spacing or linguistic punctuations to form a sculptural shape instead of a sentence.
Traditionally the word ‘text’ had only referred to written or printed words and letters. More recently it refers to a variety of cultural products such as paintings, photos, sculptures, and videos (Barthes, 155-164). Describing such products as “Text”, however, is still ambiguous because not all viewers have been introduced to this usage of the word “text”.
In my project “This Text Is…” I transformed one sentence through different media, from abstract ideas to physical things. In other words, I brought different ways of art making under the umbrella of the word “text”. This way of looking I believe is only possible after Roland Barthes way of explaining text. He considered cultural products as texts, which need to be analyzed in respect of their loaded meaning through semiology.
In making of This text is…, I was inspired by On Kawara’s date paintings, Lawrence Weiner’s wall texts, and René Magritte’s “This is not a pipe”.
Barthes, Roland. Trans. Stephen Heath, Image, Music, Text (New York: Hill and Wang: 1977)