THESIS PROJECT - AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
How do specific elements of languages predict trajectories for human behaviour? The Sapir Whorf hypothesis suggests that the structure of one's language influences one's cognition/perspective.
The saying As above so below explores duality and oneness, how when you zoom in so closely you find yourself zoomed out, on the other side of things so to speak. Whilst this is often applied to patterns paralleled between cellular (micro) and astral (macro) levels, this project looks at it in the context of language. How do the specificities of the language we speak (verbal or otherwise) reflect in our physical reality?
This topic was explored through organic forms, viscosity, translucency and texture, which provided visual stimulus for the final piece. After conducting ethnographic research on people who speak many languages, and translating that into physical exploration via means of clay and collage, my inquiry was turned inwards and I began to visualise my own language with myself. The larger grayscale piece is a depiction of this, the coloured pencil segments dissect this whole, honing in on specific feelings that passed through my body is hypnogogic/meditative states.