Morphing Trees in Water
The work communicates the concept of mind wandering and the formation of words, areas often associated with dyslexia. The work also conveys sublime principles such as the uncanny and transcendency reflecting light coming through trees.
This is a graphite pencil on paper “montage” depiction consisting of over 30 hrs drawing. The image was captured via digital camera on the surface of a local pond.
This work speaks of the lived experience of dyslexia and difference in the way we see and hear, expounded by Alexandra Passe (2017), as the reversing of letters and the morphing of words in handwriting (for example) commonplace amongst dyslexics.
The work attempts to communicate the concept of “mind wandering”, put forward by author Brock Eide (2021) and further discoursed by John Stein (2021) as a phenomenon we all experience but particular to the dyslexic experience; this holistic ability of gathering thought, staring into space at trees through a window (for example).
This work conveys sublime principles; light coming through trees expounded by Jorden Peterson as akin to the experience of being in a religious building (church windows for example). The work also conveys the uncanny or doubling as the work reflects above and below like symmetry and chiaroscuro, light and dark.
To summarise: Morphing Trees Reflected in Water conveys a transcendence of negative often traumatic experiences of a very real but often invisible ‘disability’ of dyslexics such as discrimination, stigmatisation and marginalisation to the elevation of self-esteem through the creation of art.
In situ at St Botolphs Without Aldgate Church, City of London. Part of Aldgate in Winter 2021 exhibition: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/events/aldgate-in-winter-2021