A visual representation of Shakespeare's Sonnet 24.
Sonnet 24 examines perception and illusion using the artist as a metaphor. In "picturing" his lover, the speaker creates a lie. He can paint only a subjective portrait: a reflection of himself. Shakespeare's layered words build windows within windows and eyes within eyes.
Using a scanner, a camera, and light, I manipulated the appearance of the sonnet’s text to reflect its content: layers of visual distortion of words about layers of visual distortion.
I printed the photographs on small, translucent squares. These are meant to be handled and experienced physically, as a way to welcome viewers into the sonnet, and continue the process of visual layering and iteration. (Documented in images below ↓)
I'm looking for ways to translate this project into a form more suitable for exhibitions and online sharing. The animation above is my latest exploration.