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Constance Van Rolleghem
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Fort Greene



ARTIST STATEMENT: Words are everywhere. They can be a snapshot of our lives, or give sense to a particular moment. Our identity is connected to the way we express ourselves with words - but they are too often used as proof of our knowledge and intelligence - they serve us perfectly at certain times and betray us desperately at others. Through the years I have looked for unconventional ways to communicate with words. I focus on the rhythm, patterns and shapes of words as opposed to their actual meanings - like listening to the music of a language you don't understand. I choreograph these word forms into 'Scriptograms' and 'Photoscripts' which are ambidextrous, gestural writings that neutralize, as much as possible, a dominant writing movement, so as to prevent us from falling back on a literal interpretation of the actual word meanings. With my 'Scriptograms', my hands follow the rhythm of the dip pen or brush, caressing and tearing the many levels of the paper. My work aims to reveal a stratification of time by juxtaposing both transparent and opaque realities that are open to a different interpretation or reading. At first I would like the viewers to follow a reading pattern that plays with their automatic need to decodify a text, and then offer a deeper, personal interpretation to the realities and physical form that exists outside the assigned, or learned meanings of the words and texts. My 'Photoscripts' are a recent evolution of the most abstract sense of writing, taken from my painting restoration experience where figuration is composed of many, individual abstract details - where each part is, by itself, the physical trace of a single moment or gesture. My photographs 'Moments' are a search for the traces of time and an unspoken language within the world around us. A mark, or a sign, from an action on a surface for example, creates a recording, or a message that can be interpreted by our understanding of the meanings and codes of this new and abstract language. My installations are multi-sensorial environments formed by many planes of suspended paper 'Scriptograms'. One passes through these and can literally sense and touch the writings while listening to the sound of writing; a recording of physical instances.
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