Mental Type, 2005
Poem, wall painting, typeface
Presentation and dimensions variable
Akin to a labyrinthine representation of language and serving essentially as a wall painting to activate anonymous messages, the coded alphabet explores the notions of centre and periphery. The artist drew only the 26 basic glyphs of the Roman alphabet, making the other symbols appear as an absence or void whenever they are used. In composing the murals, the artist exploits this lack to evoke a flaw, “an amnesiac absence” of language. The phrases become visually complex structures of thought and reveal its directions with arrows that revolve around but never reach the centre.