SIGILLUM: COSMIC TONGUES (2019 - )
As a whole, this series explores the intersection of writing and drawing, participating in the culture-spanning tradition of using the written word as an extension of the visual realm. These pieces also engage with elements of mysticism and esotericism, actively pulling from the visual languages of various occult practices and cultures (i.e., the Vèvès of Haitian and Louisiana Vodou, the Staves and Runes of Iceland, and the Enochian and Goetic talismans of Western occultism, just to name a few).
It was the melding of these two spheres—the graphic and the mystical—that birthed my interest in Sigil-work as a way to visually portray concepts and intentions. Each Sigil contains a specific idea; however, the letters placed within the various circles have been abstracted in a way that makes them difficult, if not impossible, to read in a traditional fashion. By doing this, the Sigil's message, in theory, bypasses the conscious mind and burrows itself into the subconscious, questioning the connection between explicit legibility and communicative effectiveness.