Lost for Words
Jo Hamill is a UK-based Artist and academic at Teesside University. She studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Leeds and early on in her career worked commercially as a Graphic Designer and freelance Illustrator. Her work as an artist explores the multifarious occurrences innate within language and in particular the written word. The containment of the written word, its tying down to the page, its order, its structure and the conventions it adheres to, affords us the opportunity to grasp what is being said and consequently what is being unsaid. It is through the conventions we encounter that we are able to search for meaning, a meaning so often fragile, easily misunderstood or lost in the interstice between the concrete and the conceptual, the signified and the signifier. When words fail or cannot be found what remains?