‘Making Sense’ was designed to communicate the difficulty and frustration experienced by people with dyslexia when faced with written words and signs. The artist himself is severely dyslexic, so this subject was particularly significant for him. The cubic structure features blocks of text made up from random sequences of letters. These disintegrate into abstract half-letters and shapes at the outer-edges of each of the four faces. The viewer is invited to decipher the text and discover words and meaning. The experience of trying to make sense of the text, and the resulting frustration and confusion when this isn’t possible, replicates the daily frustration and struggle experienced by people with dyslexia. The words and letters were formed from 10mm holes drilled through the wood. Lights concealed inside the sculpture shone through the holes, creating a digital text effect. Making Sense was created for a Group Exhibition organised by Spectrum.
Worcester Art Gallery
Materials and Size
MDF, Fluorescent Light 1.5m x 700mm