The Melbourne International Art Fair 2006
This work "The Alphabet of Inner Speech" was inspired by Oliver Sack's book "Seeing Voices". In this book Sacks explores the relationship between the development of language and the capacity to think. He discovers that it is through aquiring language that we simultaneously aquire the ability to think. Initially we think in words and sentences and then develop the capacity to think almost in pure meaning, this is referred to as "inner speech". Without some form of language be it auditory or visual, as is sign language, we would be unable to conceive of thought. And it is the abstract nature of thought which can then carry us into the past and future and elsewhere. Without language we would have only the capacity to perceive and remain wordlessly stuck only in the present. Sacks himself was astonished by this realization. I was fascinated and decided to paint the alphabet which I now saw as the precious building blocks of thought itself. I attempted to paint each letter as part of my own "inner speech" patterns with all, or some, of its subjective associations on show.