|Wednesday, October 23, 2002|
If pictographs are words, what is a word that makes a picture?
So thinking about my earlier post with Cuneiforms' emergence from pictographs, I was struck by an opposite notion in Islamic calligraphy. There are absolutly wonderful pieces of Islamic Calligraphy where the letters, or words, are in the shape of animals.
Here are a few examples of various birds:
So what does one call a picture made up of words?
What kind of art is it that displays information in such a formal way? (as opposed to allegorcal or Jungian symbolism, or something.)
To me, this makes these calligraphic works all that more remarkable. Perhaps they are not merely calligraphic exercises, or frivolities, but much more important.
More Thoughts on Ted Randall's Work
At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, or seeming to make light of an important artist and his work, I'll just say ...hmmmmm...!
I was wrong.