eCite Digital Repository



Ozolins, B, Graphos, MONA: Museum of Old and New Art, MONA: Museum of Old and New Art, Berriedale, Tasmania, 1 (2016) [Published Creative Work]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2016 The Author


Graphos was commissioned by MONA for On the Origin of Art, the largest exhibition in the history of this internationally acclaimed museum. The work responds to neuro-biologist Mark Changiziís ideas about†how writing systems have evolved through 'nature harnessing', a claim that reading and writing are not instinctual, but harnessed from nature through cultural selection. Graphos represents Changizi's theories by creating an all-encompassing environment constructed entirely from wood. It is accompanied by a sound track that references Changiziís theory about the development of spoken language, and is dominated by 3 large black objects that evoke the minimalist sculptures of Robert Morris and Donald Judd, and Changizi's idea that writing has evolved from seeing opaque objects in nature in relationship to each other. The work forges connections between the words of French author Marguerite Duras (1914Ė1996) and Changizi, who both claim that writing is everywhere, and offers viewers an opportunity to question their own relationship to the emergence of language from the world around us. To Ozolinsí knowledge, Changiziís ideas have not previously been interpreted through visual art.

Item Details

Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:Installation, Language, MONA, Mark Changizi, Origin of art
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Ozolins, B (Dr Brigita Ozolins)
ID Code:113920
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2017-01-29
Last Modified:2017-10-23

Repository Staff Only: item control page