There are no words

There are no words is an installation piece exploring language loss and the inadequacy of language. It was created using a labour intensive process of cutting out, by hand, the space on ready-made Chinese writing practice paper where the characters would be written to create empty spaces of possibility and transform the grids into lace-like structures which reference the body, neural structures and gaps in memory.

There are no words was tested in my studio space and exhibited as part of Wobudong an exhibition of work by Julie Brixley Williams, Sue Gough, Jayne Lloyd, Clare Smith and Catherine Wynne Paton. The exhibition was organised by Jayne Lloyd, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, 12 – 16 March 2014.

“The exhibition brought together works that are influenced by the actions, traces and aesthetics of handwriting or its ephemera – the lines and grids that guide it.  …. The artworks in the exhibition will contain written language but no legible text, …. By only including works that strip language of this ‘meaning’ the viewer is invited to explore what else may be communicated. … Many of the selected works exist in a liminal space between drawing and writing, questioning where one ends and the other begins and unsettling such categorisations. (Jayne Lloyd)

It was shown as part of Fabrika, with work by Alison Blackburn, Kathleen Keefe, Sarah Ee, Clare Smith, Rosie James and Emma Gates. Fabrika was organised by Marta Patlewicz, Pop space, Chatham, 4-25 July 2014.


“I really enjoyed your work at the Pop space in Chatham, especially the way it was hung.”

(Nicole Mollet)