GestaltGestaltbirch, wax, light source, 2012 -scribe-scribebirch and mechanism, 2012
Gestalt (detail) Gestalt and -scribe
MFA Interim Show, Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art
Written languages were developed to accommodate increased complexity in civilization. The economy of signs used in the alphabetic systems is akin to the structure of a beehive. In Gestalt*, the negative space of the hive becomes positive and the hexagon transforms from a functional container to an iconic signifier, containing meaning. Like handwritten text, each hexagonal prism is handcrafted and unique.  The collection is inset within the context of a laminated wooden container, representing the layers of associative meaning that operates to decipher speech.

-scribe functions as a companion to Gestalt, suggesting a series of words meant to be contemplated in relation to both works. As the mechanism inside of -scribe turns, it reads: transcribe, inscribe, describe, hive. The text describes various actions applied to words and meaning. Transcription refers to the transferring of meaning into mind or onto matter, inscription describes the marking of text onto or into an object, description defines the meaning of an idea, usually with the intent to share it with another and hive relates to the complex system in which all cultural knowledge is stored.

*ge·stalt noun \gə-ˈstält, -ˈshtält, -ˈstȯlt, -ˈshtȯlt\ psychology : something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts (