2012 - Qld Festival of Photography – The SWICH Contemporary Art Space, Ipswich
Part of an ongoing project that attempts a visual survey into the phenomenon of being without words to describe emotions. From the ancient Greek: lexis (“diction” or “word”) and thumus (“feeling” or “thought”). An extreme and constant state of alexithymia places one in risk of being pathologised, but a milder variation describes how I feel about cranes. I feel something, but don't know what. I need a word: Alexithymia – a word for the absence of words.
This presents a distinct change in direction from my previous work, which literally revolved around words first and foremost. With Alexithymia the constraint of language is removed from the process.
This attempts to point to something, but without dictating – or even guiding towards any particular meaning. This however does not imply these images are “pure” or without meaning. Whilst they are essentially images of construction cranes – with all the symbolism of both the construction of any building project and the destruction preceding it, they say more than I have words for. They are not of nothing – for it is impossible to describe nothing without attributing something to it, but what exactly they are saying, I don't know, I do not have the words…