The work is a creative response to philosopher Michel Foucault’s ideas about imagination:
“And in fact imagination has nothing to do with forms or formation … we might rather describe the manifestations of the imagination as de-formation … while the imagination de-forms, it never destroys”.
The Surface of Language seeks to embody the rubs between words and images, as well as the creation and destruction of knowledge. It informs and is informed by the work in other media, and used as its starting point a collection of stones containing a distinct line, or vein, of quartz. This ‘law of the line’, combined with the form of the stone, was used to conceive the symbolic references.