The Sighted (To See), black, 2013; Lithographic print, framed; 34 x 26 inches

The Sighted (To See), black, 2013
Lithographic print, framed; 34 x 26 inches

“To see is an intimate act recognizing that the one outside of oneself is different
and at the same time very like oneself”.

The texts of The Sighted series come from journals of the artist’s writings, which often question sight: insight, hindsight, foresight and one’s ability to recognize what is there to be seen. The capacity I am speaking of has as much to do with identity as with a phenomen-ology of knowing. It is a human capacity always full with potential.

Formally this work is made difficult to read. The act of reading, seeing becomes very physical and intentional for the reader. The font, ENGRAVERS MT, is as serious as ancient etched tablets. The typography is run on, no spaces between words. The words alternate between two slightly alternating tones of ink that minimally distinguish each word from the one next to it.

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