This series was inspired by the traditional art of the calligram. Here, the written word assumes the shape of a sword or a weapon and visually demonstrates the power, might and potential destruction of its use.
As a child, my grandfather, Dr. J. Said, instructed me in the use of words and their implications. He taught me to think before I spoke. Once said, words can change relationships, situations, contracts and friendships. Perhaps the art of diplomacy is the ultimate example of the use of words and the outcome they can have on society.
Adages such as “the pen is mightier than the sword” or “if words could kill” perfectly describe this series. A reference to “cutting”, ” piercing” or even “biting” words are commonly used in everyday conversations. Here they manifest themselves in the shape of a sword, a blade so sharp, it has changed and formed the course of history.
Ink, acrylic, charcoal, pen on canvas
48 ” x 48″ – 122cm x 122 cm