"I've always felt my first language to be drawing. When I am drawing, I am trying to understand the world, and communicate with that world, using an ever-changing vocabulary of marks. The drawings I made for the Glyphs collection were born from a series of marks asking questions around what can language be made of. And, on an even broader level, if the world was brand new, what visual forms could potentially allow for the flexibility and spaciousness to contain the complexity of a fully lived experience. So, I think about what comes before and even after words in an attempt to find more complete ways of communicating with myself and the world around me. I think about the symbols from this collection as markers that could stand for ideas, time, and emotion. I think they could serve as visual space holders to represent entire landscapes of experience.
Because I was thinking about the genesis of language, I also thought about the naming of each specific pattern in the collection. For each pattern, I called on the names of African American women writers and poets from post-Civil Ware America to the Harlem Renaissance to present day. Ancestors and teachers whom I consider to be the rich foundation from where I get to experience what language can do - how it can remember histories, imagine futures, and leave spaces to contain new unfolding experiences."
~ e bond
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