ON THE IMPORTANCE OF WRITING

Writing is one of the oldest ways of expression and the most important means of passing on our culture from one generation to the next. As such, the artist has decided to incorporate written elements into her works. However, as we are dealing with strictly pictorial compositions, these texts naturally only play a subordinate role. The writing usually merely serves to round off the works’ overall impression, terrible though this may sound to writers.

While the writing may only carry out a “background function”, it does so absolutely brilliantly with individual (handwritten) lines, boldly confronting beholders with highly interesting messages.

For many of these background notes impress with their wit, their elucidations and the additional information they provide, rounding off the content of the depiction and strengthening the importance of its protagonists.

Some sentences and words, however, rise above their footnote or apostil existence and emerge as independent parts within the overall composition. Their meaning is enhanced through bigger letters, bright colours or the use of exclamation marks; they have been pasted on or appear camouflaged as symbols with special framings, making them appear even more as part of the pictorial composition.

Thus embellished, they become equally as important as the rest of the depiction. But in order to assume this emancipated status and to gain recognition, they have to fulfil certain functions, serving either as titles, triggers of aha experiences (enabling beholders to finally understand the context of the depiction), as silly sayings, good advice, flippant remarks or as snazzy statements.
Thus, the text in the pictures is able to actively contribute to the pictorial narrative.

Cornelia Mohr, 2012

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On the importance of writing