Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure elucidated that all ’signifies’ and what they’re signifying (their concept)- is completely arbitrary. There is no logical connection between the sound and the concept. This goes against the accepted universal understand that language and reality have an inherent and foundational relationship; where in reality it’s fluid, arbitrary, and constantly evolving.
Understanding the basic concepts of his linguist theory is not only critical for linguists, but for anyone interested in semiotics in general- and how types of signs are used to communicate. At its core of communication, it is important to remember and recognize that each linguist unit, each word is actually a double entity, it is essentially composed of two distinct parts- the concept and the sound. It is this distinction that is at the core of my next artistic series.
Mapping the connection between the word itself and our attempt to describe the idea is still a process. Outside of our understanding of constructed words lays this overlap between mental impression made on our sense by the ‘thing’, and it is our perception or how we perceive this ‘thing’ that give it meaning. This exploratory.
There is no direct connection between the word to describe something and the thing we attempt to describe. The current series centers around exploring the role of signs and their proposed meaning- understanding the fluid relationship between the signifier and signified, both for the audience and for myself as an artists exploring the free flowing malleability of meaning.