Lydia Rosenberg is an intellectual artist, who is hyper-aware of meta-narratives.
The struggle with material occupancy, and some sense of time: the permanence & impermanence of materials and ideas. An idea is a word, and a word is an idea. The connotation of a word is inseparable from the word itself. Language has both a reductive and expansive property. Do we let words define the physical world, or vice versa? The use of redundancy as a way of maintaining a generative process, creates oppositional forces in the work, a push/pull of truth and meaning. To see what something truly is, you have to see it in as many forms as possible. The influence of word function in the missing-letter effect. Do we see patterns and words together? Do physical creations become words and language historically or as an archive? We speak about redundancy where image and object overlap.
To define factuality or reality: is the metaphor cement? The universality of language incurs a natural ability to observe and understand. Chomsky’s universal grammar theory states that linguistic ability manifests itself without being taught. Do we become that which we observe? Can we innately relate image and language? The initial humor of the work recedes to a meditation on the reductive nature of language. Can we be reduced to a single word or idea? Individual constituents, phenomenon, and theories can be reduced to the sum of their parts. The mental world exists as a derivative parallel world to the physical world. Phenomena can be explained in terms of relations between other fundamental phenomena. When we explain a property we define it via language. Can we transcend the matter and spirit, or the words that define us? We wrestle with an internal logic that is tied directly to language.
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Lydia is an intellectual, a philosopher, a linguist, and epistemologist. Lydia is exploring knowledge understanding, theories of knowledge and language, truth, belief, justification, value, redundancy and binary oppositions, through certain postulates:
To think about an idea and wrestle with an internal logic that is tied directly to language
To compare formed stone, and paper mâché, and cast concrete, and the quality of materials contrast from paper to stone
To read about language, linguistics, poetry, and tautology, to find a true statement formula: that which is true in every and any possible way
To find redundancy: by saying something twice you give it more truth and validity
To illustrate language, and the redundancy of language, reflected in material objects that have an inherent redundancy
To struggle with material occupancy, and some sense of time: the permanence & impermanence of materials and ideas
To speak about redundancy where image and object overlap
To define factuality or reality: the metaphor is cement
To find abstract ways to think about language
To use redundancy as a way of maintaining a generative process: to see what something truly is, you have to see it in as many forms as possible
To find literary loops, all the necessary information is provided at the beginning, so that its redundancy is a form of expansion
To use humor that has an inherent darkness: when we laugh it is because something didn’t work the way it was supposed to
To use words as a mediator, and a regulator at the same time
To make work that results from a fascination with language, without using text in the objects
To make your thoughts visual: Art is about thought, Art is a different alphabet