Art and text

Aimee Selby (ed) 2009, Art and Text, Black Dog Publishing, London

This book documents the inclusion of text in art through the twentieth century with a number of writings and many examples of artists that use text in their work. The book highlights the various ways text can be used, as concept with no regard for aesthetics, for activism, as a sign interpreted in context, and where the meaning is hidden and open to multiple interpretations. The book has helped me distil my reason for using text in my work. I would like to suggest my meaning in language as well as form, and have them interacting with each other to enhance the clarity of my work. I am looking to increase the accessibility of my work, but not at the expense of aesthetics. This book has also introduced me to a work by Tom Phillips that includes text and which I will also discuss.

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