Nicolette Reim



Nicolette Reim
Artist Statement

One of the greatest inventions is the alphabet. It has given the possibility of preserving and understanding human thought. It is easy to learn. It has been utilized more in the past 500 years than ever before. The invention of type halted any further real development in the shapes of letters. Highly specialized, we have always read words as images. They are perceived as silhouette image-shapes made from actually little pictures. Writing has a long evolution and is a specific form of drawing. The movement from written word toward some kind of “sign” as the main communication tool emerged from the development of 20th century technology. This is a small shift, outside of proper context or previous knowledge, “signs” always need to be explained with supporting text. “Alphabet” is a generic term, there are many alphabets. I work with English alphabet letters as an art form exploring shape, rhythm and color. When logic is suspended and voices inaudible, what can letters evoke? If cohesion comes from pictorial harmony what happens and how much of that is not about thought.