Art sign language cards from the Art Institute of Chicago, 1979
I am fascinated by how the movements of this language reveal structures of belief. Museum as Greco-Roman edifice, gallery as visual wrapping space, and sculpture as the figural hourglass. But what about “artist”? It’s a wave movement with the letter “i” and then a grounding down like the museum. Is it “I in the museum” or “I/drawing/museum” or some grounding line…? If we can assume that some words developed from the etymologies of the written words, others must have emerged from non-verbal forms of communication, from histories of gestures extending as far back as life.