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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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  • Rage 1
    2017
    Rice Paper, Ink, Acrylic on Canvas
    42" x 42"

  • Rage 2
    2017
    Rice Paper, ink, acrylic on canvas
    40" x 40"

  • Rage 3
    2017
    acrylic on mylar sheet
    36" x 36"

  • True Lies
    2017
    Ink, Acrylic, Graphite on Newspaper on Canvas
    15" x 54"

  • Let it go
    2017
    Rice Paper, Ink, Acrylic on Canvas
    15" x 54"

  • Accept
    2017
    Acrylic on Mylar
    36" x 36"

  • Freesque
    2014
    Newspaper, Black Ink, Graphite, Acrylic on Canvas
    42" x 42"

  • Freedumb
    2015
    Newspaper, Graphite, Acrylic on Canvas
    40" x 40"

  • Accept
    2015
    Newspaper, Graphite, Acrylic on Canvas
    42" x 42"

  • Freehood
    2014
    Newspaper, Black Ink, Graphite, Acrylic on Canvas
    42" x 42"

  • Freedom
    2014
    Newspaper and Acrylic on Canvas
    40" x 40"

  • Photoscript
    2015
    C-Print
    36" x 50"

  • Scriptogram; Love
    2014
    Color Encaustic on Rice Paper
    18" x 18"

  • Scriptogram; Reve
    2014
    Color Encaustic on Rice Paper
    18" x 18"

  • Miss You 1
    2013
    Ink, Watercolor, Rice Paper on Canvas
    36" x 36"

  • Ask
    2015
    Newspaper, Graphite, Acrylic on Canvas
    42" x 42"

  • Still
    2016
    Ink, Watercolor, Rice Paper on Canvas
    42" x 42"

  • Scriptogram; Love
    2012
    Ink on Mylar
    36" x 72"

  • River of Thought
    2012
    Ink on Mylar
    20" x 36"

  • Accept
    2015
    Newspaper, Typewriter, Graphite, Charcoal, Ink, Watercolor on Canvas
    32" x 72"
 








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