2011-2014: Writing and Difference

2011-2014: Writing and Difference

Writing and Difference, 2011-2014

Writing and Difference depicts the diacritical marks in Persian Nasta’liq calligraphy. I use different media and wooden reeds of different sizes to create the diamond-shape marks, suggesting that instead of reading through a given text and making sense of it, one can read “between the lines,” where one sees mere diacritical marks that appear above or below letters. In Persian diacritical marks are used to change the sound-value of the letter to which they are added; thus, they simultaneously allow for distinguishing and de-familiarizing a given letter. By highlighting what creates the “difference” between otherwise identical letters, this series evokes the notion of “difference” in a Derridian sense (cf. Jacques Derrida’s classical text, Writing and Difference).

Writing and Difference i

Writing and Difference i, 2011, ink, graphite and silkscreen on paper, 30″x 22″

Writing and Difference ii

Writing and Difference ii, 2011, ink, graphite and silkscreen on paper, 30″x 22″

Writing and Difference iii

Writing and Difference iii, 2011, ink, graphite and silkscreen on paper, 30″x 22″

Writing and Difference iv

Writing and Difference iv, 2011, ink, and graphite on paper, 30″x 22″

Writing and Difference v, 2011, ink, and graphite on paper, 30″x 22″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing and Difference vi, 2011, ink, and graphite on paper, 30″x 22″

City Hall Community matters

Writing and Difference was exhibited in Community Matters in San Jose City Hall, San Jose, CA,  2014-2015