Ian Cross

My visual works are drawing and printmaking investigations into the lines, shapes, and patterns of language. These works are methodically reconstructed as language architectures and territories of abstraction. I choose handwriting as an unfixed drawing practice to show the interchangeable links between reading and seeing. Through these works, the image of language is posed as a malleable unfixed subject that inhabits each picture plane, projecting and passing through layers of knotting and tangling text. With text traversing the picture plane, it is this action that evolves into each work’s overlapping scrim and screen. The handwritten letters intersect and weave whirling upon themselves, braiding thought and language back on itself. Here my composition about writing takes shape. I’m writing about the picture of writing words. This is part of my poem

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