Sha Towers – We Are Writing These Things (2018)


© 2018
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 6.25 x 4.25 x .5

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About this piece:

One-of-a-kind, calligraphic artist’s book reflecting on a line from a speech given by Kevin Slavin at a 2011 TEDGlobal talk. In this artistic interpretation of Slavin’s thought provoking quote, I’ve dissected and reassembled fragments of the text, blending them with other mark making that explores ideas of language, communication, illegibility, and fragmentation and the dislocation, disconnection, and dissonance that remains in the wake. I chose to use the accordion structure to represent the possibility of continuity of thought and line juxtaposed with the fragmented representations that paint a picture of lost meaning and illegibility. I used sumi and walnut inks and watercolors with a variety of tools (brushes, folded pens, micron pens and blades) to create the various marks and text fragments on watercolor paper and Thai Momi marbled paper.


ink, watercolor, paper, board

About the artist:

Lives and works in Waco, Texas, United States

Shā Towers serves as the arts librarian at Baylor University, where he also curates the Baylor Book Arts Collection, a collection that he initiated in 2007 and now numbers over 1,200 artist’s books and fine press books. His work is found in private and university special collections across the United States and has appeared in several international juried exhibitions. You can see more of his work on Instagram (@shatowers) and Etsy (ArtOfLettersStudio).

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Sha Towers – We Are Writing These Things (2018)