A pictograph is:

a pictorial symbol for a word or phrase. Pictographs were used as the earliest known form of writing, examples having been discovered in Egypt and Mesopotamia from before 3000 BC.

pictograph egypt 2

Most pictographs I have seen are very ordered in appearance. If they are not in a table they are at least in most cases in rows. The Egyptian alphabet above reminds me of  the wall friezes babies and young humans may have on their walls. I had a Miffy one:

miffy wall frieze

An example of a more chaotic pictograph:

pictograph egypt                                 Papyrus rendering of pictograph  from the Tomb of the Physician, Ankhmahor, Saqqara, 2323 B. C. E.

I am looking for possible ways to go forward with my pictographs. If I place them in a grid it could reference a learning tool. Perhaps a learning tool at a place like Hogwarts? If they are placed in a horizontal line around the room it could reference a child’s wall frieze. Due to the hessian, if placed on the floor in an ordered position it could reference a mat, unordered a child’s game. Without letters beside the images does it still reference a learning tool or is it a code for those who already know the language?

Placing sculptures, sculptures that reference living beings of a strange kind, have the potential to become students ready to learn or members ready to meet.

NZ Artist Richard Killeen has thoroughly explored  pictographs in his practice. It is said that he does not take part in the act of displaying his work, rather he lets the gallery/ museum handle it. His practice stops at his studio door. Whoever has been displaying his work has generally favoured the random approach with seemingly no order to the display apart from the overall shape – often an oval. There has been a few instances of ordered presentations:

richard-killeen-1richard killeen 2

richard killeen 3

To be continued………






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