The Limitations of Language as an Intellectual and Visual Artform

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2020
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Hammerton, Amy
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This thesis explores moments when language alone is not enough to adequately communicate. Through a combination of research and creative writing, it highlights both the power and limitations of language. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of language that can either prohibit or promote meaningful communication. The first chapter focuses on white space as a visual tool that the writer can use to complement or confuse meaning. The second chapter addresses access to language as a factor that limits the potential for communication between individuals. The third chapter focuses on the effects of overabundant language represented visually through the use of overlapping text. The final chapter focuses on typography as a method of augmenting what can be communicated through language.

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