Introductory Words: An Excerpt from my Bookart titled Normal.

The Words Used.

My work is about words. Words I use. Sometimes I collect words to use.  I’m a writer. This work is about other people’s words. Words other people have used. I want to emphasize that I put words together in a creative approach to question and broaden our socially agreed upon perceptions.

Words are visual entities for me.I am a visual artist.

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There are specific factors about words in their relationship to humans that are undeniable.

I work from those facts; Like the fact that these words are appearing in color on a white background. That they are in a specific form first created from the technology of printing but now on the latest machine created by man we call computer or phone. Words have their places in the world where they exist and they have clear relationships with other objects in our world in specific ways. They are not the same object as human but are in relationship to humans. Words are only created by humans but how they are used is important to various outcomes.

These Words on a newer screen of light are often used absentmindedly by many people. We hardly think about how light, colors, computer and phones now define our newer communication abilities but also impose limitations. These communication abilities and limitations create some different relationship interactions that didn’t exist before and also produce outcomes that were once impossible, such as a worldwide fast connecting network of humans.

This may sound unusual. But thinking about the long time period of historical implements with all the ways words were written over many centuries until  today’s contemporary technologies can give us a better perspective on our lives.

Our drawing and writing tools have allowed humans to first create a mark which moved into a drawing that developed into symbols that grew meanings that became alphabet forms and then images with paint and light. This is the study an artist and writer may think about.

Knowing the details of one’s profession is appropriate.

With new technologies, many people are able to use the technologies without much thought or study but, unfortunately,  also carelessly.

Words on a real wall of wood, bricks or stone are a different thing and do not flow the same way between people.  Words on paper have other limitations in a specific way that existed for centuries. The interactions of paper between people has physical restraints. The computer and phone has removed the limitations of paper.

My work is about ideas, stories and reality, too. Ideas and stories are formed from words and create visual perceptions and realities. Our words give us visual content.

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Who am I? Mind? Soul? Spirit? Chemicals? Light? Tissues? Water?

We may ‘see’ the words in our minds as visual images as if our idea or created word is ‘it’ while we distort and fragment what is actually there. How  people see us depends on different words they attach to us.

I believe the examination of words in relationship to the human in proper context of a physical environment is most important for determining accurate reality.

Context creates words. Letters in relation to each other create words. Words get meaning by what is around them. And what we see or don’t see.

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Spinning Words

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Spinning Words, too.

Words create our reality.

They also describe our environment

I believe the examination of words in relationship to the human in proper context of a physical environment is most important for determining accurate reality.

Do the visual perceptions we create describe accurately, and most efficiently, our physical environment? It matters. It’s an environmental issue. There’s a long history of negotiating our existence on the planet by forming and reforming words to adjust our perceptions of our world. Nature doesn’t use words. Man has claimed God does, but only after man has. Not before.

 

538 intransitive womb 2Our words need to have concreteness based in physicality. Otherwise, they are nothing more than created illusions; words creating fantasy and fiction.

It is here that we might find why humans have been out of touch with their proper relationship to the planet. It is here we must look to consider why our society has such destruction to the planet while other cultures with less technology, perhaps less use of words. may have had more harmony in relationships.

In part and as a root, environmentalism is a literacy issue.

While a literate society is hailed for it’s achievements, and an advanced culture of technology is perceived as great human accomplishment, the underbelly and supplanting of a human’s direct accurate connection to the planet, often called primitive, is seen as inferior but now lost in technology, words, ideas and stories.

While I’m not suggesting that creative ways of living on earth are wrong, I am suggesting that being honest with ourselves about the pros and cons of our advanced image and text technologies is the least we could do as we create both a physical environment and a consciousness about our physical environment.

As a culture, I believe, we have gotten very sloppy with the use of words.516 Right there copy

Words, in their purest form, are a tool to describe reality; a tool to describe our reality to ourselves and each other. Communication. Words have been used for lesser purposes. Words can be used to dominate people or to further one’s own agenda no matter what the cost, for example. Using words in this way is costly in terms of distortion of facts, motivation and costs to human relationships. Sacrificing accurate descriptions of interactions or environment including false explanations of reality is a high price people pay for succeeding at a personal goal or getting what they want in life. They do it cause it works to achieve goals yet there are consequences. Words can be used in the infinite ways that humans can devise to use them. We need to become aware of the consequences for the way we use words and how we perceive them.

Some people believe they have more rights in regards to using words (creating reality) than others. Some others have believed in others’ words with unquestioning faith and lost their own reality and power to participate in the process. If we use words with other motivations than describing our own reality (feelings and facts) based in our physicality in a democratic way, we are, in the end, in disservice of ourselves and others. We create fiction.

In our sophisticated proliferation of words and images of the technological, mass produced information age, highly developed concepts, complex abstractions and analytical approaches, our immense historical literary traditions (primarily the use of history as well as academic specializations – 12 years of schooling) as well as our systematic, manufactured, literate ways of living based on a power structure of inequality and hierarchies; for all these reasons, our words lose their meanings attached to a physicality.  They float in space unattached to a specific location and sometimes a person. My hope is that humans will begin to recognize how important it is to use ideas, stories and words based in the awareness of actual physicality. And if not, call a spade a spade. We live in fantasy, fiction and mythology most of the time and react to it as if it is real.

We see what we are looking at through a colored lens of information. John Berger said Seeing comes before words. There is always a gap between the seeing and the words that can never merge. Then as we age, Seeing comes after words. We no longer see it the same. Words can change what we see.

There are too many unproductive fantasies thought as truth, unrealities as reality, happening in our world by people who have the power to create reality directly related to some media position, some specific, social position, a PR department and funding or some artificial, man-made authority, or specialization of knowledge. It is wrong – inaccurate- when it has been taken too far. It has.

The social power of authority (as historically, structurally, inherited and implemented in our particular environment) to use words creates a dominance that violates the basic inherent right to someone else’s reality and use of words. In other words, the use of words in our present structure is not democratic. It never has been. Internet and the computer has created a new environment for a more democratic use of words.

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Our relationship to words is woven into a quasi-dictatorship on a historic belief in the unexamined practice and concept of authority (author of words) and thus far has been left unexamined as aligned with democratic principles.

In fact, authoritarianism has been taken to extreme specialization in a dizzying array of specializations. In specialization of knowledge, the larger picture is always sacrificed for the honing of the special focus. Without balance, reality is never accurate. Without unity with the whole, specialization is fragmented reality.

Most of the general social reality we live in today is a reality that we as a people have agreed upon and participate in. Sometimes by force. Sometimes by choice. And a large degree of it we were born into and exists like a skin of our being with little awareness and attention to it. Whether the general framework of our social reality that we live in is accurate or not doesn’t seem to be much of a concern to many. I think it is a cause for alarm. It is an imperative issue. It is a reason why there is so much conflict and disagreement.  When a fundamental agreement exists, differences are tolerated.

Based on unexamined ideas about words inherited by unexamined historical traditions rooted in humanity’s first attempt at literate culture, we charge ahead with ever expanding literacy and explosion of the written word. Internet, the extreme form, restructures our very lives.  It is due time to take a look at the underlying assumptions of the word in relationship to the physical environment and the human as an environmental issue. We need to look at where we have come from and where we are going. 199pinkslits

In reading the words I chose to put together here, you will find I look at specific groups of people that have a laid out pattern in relationship with words. To read on, one must stomach hearing my comments about these groups without taking offense. I do not talk about any individual person so no need to act as if I am.  I discuss men as a group and I discuss mental health professionals as a group, for example. This is because there are certain attributes that identify these groups. I am very well aware of the variety and differences in individuals in both groups as well as the subtypes within the larger, general category of both men and mental health professionals.

The world is vast. I am not writing about one particular man or you, the reader. I do not make those assumptions and am very committed to knowing a person before making judgments based on social characteristics. But social characteristics do exist. The way we read something and how we attach words or disregard words for ourselves rather than about the writer is an inherited practice.

Sometimes, The men I speak of is historical mainly the unnamed males that can be named with investigative research into historical documents and that indeed existed as individuals within a group in a specific location and time.  For example, the writers of the 18th century in America.  That is, the traditional authorities on actual record, in all our social institutions that, within the last 100 – 200 years, did most of the creating words for the mass production of words by their elite power, ideas and choices in publishing and disseminating information that is now the roots of our current, changing culture.

Publishing and having words in written form for public education was a privileged position, for the most part, allowed only to men until about 50 years ago.

I also speak of the men, in general as a social group, with characteristics that were defined as Man that are visible in historical and contemporary media and powerful positions of our culture today. Without such characteristics and social meaning, the word man has no meaning. In fact, the word and abstract ideas about man has changing meaning over time.

I do not speak of these men as individuals; but as individuals that make up a group that has characteristics that are visible as a group as have been defined by literate methods; specific characteristics that are unique also to, mostly, 20th century America and live on as the roots for what is to become in the 21st century.

I fluctuate between speaking of the mental health, scientific and other professionals as an entire all inclusive group of those workers,  and the varying, specific elite and subgroups.

These groups are important to talk about because they are both highly involved in the production of words associated with defining our world, human behaviors, labeling and describing humans with special ‘official’ power to do so.These groups also use words as a unique language that identifies the approach they have in viewing the world including what part of the world they focus on.

But there are other groups as well that claim the authority to define our world. I address them as well.

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