Philadelphia, PA

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Sharka Hyland

Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim (ch. 3) (detail)
2018
pencil on prepared paper
12 x 16 inches


"I am interested in how literary language transcends the distinction between the verbal and the visual. Many of the images we remember have no physical existence. They are evoked by the words of great writers and created in our mind as we read. Each image is unique, brought into being as we integrate the author’s words into our individual life experience. These complex images exist only in the reader’s mind; the text is their only material form. I draw the texts using historically and culturally appropriate typefaces, in a size and format one might encounter while reading a book. The conjured image is the subject of the drawing."

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