Esteban Patiño

My work is centered on language: how it is created, how it is perceived, and how arbitrary it seems to be. In order to respond to these questions I’ve created my own system of symbols, my own alphabet. This analysis is linked with the concept of semiotics, the study (in part of) meaning, making and understanding signs and processes of language. I created a system of 6 characters, that rotate on their own axis 4 times to make a total of 24 different combinations, then flipped one of them to make the 25th character. This is my Rosetta Stone, or decoder. With these shapes I am able to show structures of language, or better yet I aim to play with a visual language, creating such things as speech bubbles, palindromes, “heaps of language” and different metaphors to understand how (written) language is perceived.

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