For Words in Air combines the visual and verbal ideas of Jennifer Caine and Rachel Hellman, as inspired by the language of painting and poetry, and where each art form communicates distillations of experience. Caine, embracing the ‘code’ of language as an additional tier to memory recall, created an elemental dance of form, in these brilliantly high colored layers of
perforated paper. This striking environment envelops viewers in its play of light and saturated color; the sheaths of paper, with their cuneiform-like openings, embody the ideas of collaboration and creative exchange, of language and presence, of poetry and affect.
“Comprised of a series of floor-to-ceiling painted, sewn, and hand-cut paper ‘pages,’ (Words in Air) resembles a human scale artist’s book—a porous container of light and color that not only invites viewing but also encourages movement in, around, and through it.” [Addison Gallery of American Art]. The goal is to offer viewers an immersive experience of color and language.
The artists further commented on the genesis of their groundbreaking installation as follows: “Transcribing a selection of poems by 20th century American female poets—letter by letter—in an invented shorthand of simplified marks, we created a chorus of poetic voices into a single visual
response. Addressing ideas of light and color in both the choice of poems and in the ways we restructure them, we are looking to marry form and content. Woven together, layered, and suspended in space, the ‘words’ are united through cast shadows and reflected color to create a visual experience that is cohesive and solid, but at the same time shimmers and shifts in conversation with the ever-changing light and movement of people within the [space].”
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