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gestalt
2005
sign letters, wire fence
36x24x3 inches
artist's collection
Gestalt, 2005
Gestalt is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Most specifically, this idea is applied to life in the sense that living creatures are simply a collection of chemicals and water arranged in a particular way and yet, they are obviously something more. The resulting being is more than the constituent parts. Psychologists in the early 20th century started to use this concept to analyze cognition. In this piece, I have applied it to the notion of words. Letters have minimal impact by themselves but when combined with other letters in a certain arrangement, they create ideas far greater than each individual letter could create. A word is, in essence, a gestalt because of the cognition of the viewer. It asks the question “if a word exists in a forest and no one is there to read it, is it a word?”