I Decline Myself

I Decline Myself

Without language who am I? Without words, what would my thoughts be made of? What would comprise the inner life? When learning Latin we learn of the strict linguistic constructions of nouns, verbs and syntax. We see that nouns are organised in ‘declensions,’ determining relationships in sentences. In the way that these rules build language, does language build the self?
I Decline Myself is one in a series of books Declensions and Conjugations) concerning the underlying linguistic nature of selfhood. The compounding translucent pages build an image (in the form of words) of the self. As we peel away these pages and constructions with what are we left?
Archival digital prints on translucent paper, 33cmsW x 30cmsH, handmade, softcover, screw-bound, limited-edition book.

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