Barcelona-based DJ and pop culture scholar Eduard Minobis sent me a link to Kate Wax’s latest album, Dust Collision. I loved the music, but I was also immediately struck by the way she used typography and portrait photography on the album cover. According to art director Niels Wehrspann, “The idea behind the whole typographic layout is a literal transcription of Dust Collision. These «whirling letters» will be on all releases related to the album.”
When I mentioned the Media In Our Image project to German-born artist Irene Belknap, she said that I must take a look at a series of her paintings that she calls “Dressed in Words.” She mentioned being bemused by the profound difference between her perception of people and the stories they would tell about themselves. These portraits interweave text and image in order to create a “simultaneity of meaning,” as she puts it. She explains:
“In my work there can be no final ‘this means that.’ It is my belief that which sustains in painting is the evocative; that which calls to mind both the artist and the viewer. My aim is to evoke a sense of the unknown where final meaning is withheld, thus the mind is incited to allow a journey beyond ourselves toward that which we sense but cannot explain; that which we know but cannot prove.”
Famed Brazilian Supermodel Lea T has often posed under veils and she has used the power of the veil to both reveal and obscure. In the beginning of her modeling career, she kept her transgender identity a secret. Now that she is out in the open, the veils reveal a lot about her, while also maintaining the desired level of mystery.