Sha Towers – We Are Writing These Things


© 2018
edition of 6 v.e.
dimensions in inches: 6.25 x 4.25 x .5

About this piece:

We Are Writing These Things is a variable edition of calligraphic artist’s books reflecting on a line from a speech given by Kevin Slavin at a 2011 TEDGlobal talk on

“how algorithms shape our world.”

In this talk, Slavin said,

“we are writing these things that we can no longer read . . . we’ve rendered something illegible . . . and we’ve lost the sense of what’s actually happening in this world we’ve made.”

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.


ink, watercolor, paper

About the artist:

Sha Towers is an artist working in book and calligraphic arts. He is the arts librarian at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he also serves as the library’s Director of Research and Engagement. In 2007, he launched the Baylor Book Arts Collection, now containing over 1,000 artist’s books and fine press books. He serves as the curator for this collection and he has been instrumental in integrating it into a variety of studio arts courses, non-arts courses, and public experiences. Sha created his own first artist’s book, a limited edition letterpress work entitled KnownUnknown in 2015 at BlackHare Studio in Robinson, Texas. This work now appears in private and university special collections across the United States. His work has also appeared in several international juried exhibitions.


Sha Towers – We Are Writing These Things