Sarah Hulsey – A Universal Lexicon


© 2018
edition of 30
dimensions in inches: 8.25 x 5.7 x 1.5


About this piece:

In one of the most important scientific treatises of his era, Galileo compared the act of understanding the universe to reading a book in the language of mathematics. By comprehending the symbols and figures of this “grand book,” one could avoid wandering about in a dark labyrinth of confusion. This artist’s book uses the vehicle of translation—between languages, of text to image, and across domains of language—to illuminate the mathematics and science of linguistics underlying Galileo’s text. Illustrations representing the sounds, syntax, and logic alternate between Italian and English, providing a route through the arguments of the text.


paper, ink, thread, cloth, binder’s board

About the artist:

Lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

Sarah Hulsey received a BA in Linguistics from Harvard, a PhD in Linguistics from MIT, and an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from UArts in Philadelphia. Her work draws on her background in Linguistics to explore the structure of language in a visual domain. She has had solo exhibitions in Cambridge, Boston, and Philadelphia and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her work is held in the collections of the Library of Congress, Yale University Haas Arts Library, Columbia University Rare Book Library, University of California Berkeley Bancroft Library, among others.

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Sarah Hulsey – A Universal Lexicon

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