About this piece:
The Condensed OED represents the complex web of connections between words found in the dictionary. Each line ties together words with a similar meaning, use, or history, generating a dense field of linguistic associations within the Oxford English Dictionary. This piece is a variation on a larger project produced during my apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. The boxed “volumes” suggest the delimited list defined by a dictionary, while the large, expansive interior panels hint at the living, growing possibilities of a language’s lexicon.
cloth, ink, binder’s board, book cloth
About the artist:
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.