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Joanna Sleigh Infinite deferral of meaning

Work by Joanna Sleigh

My work is a visual exploration of the linguistic philosophies of the postmodern theorists Derrida, Lacan and Lyotard, who informed my understanding of language as an endless play of signification. The practice of Kosuth and Bill Viola inspired me with their representations of tautology and dualism respectively. Language, a ‘floating chain of signifiers’, is constantly creating and deconstructing, fundamentally linked to notions of identity generated from binary opposites and their fusion. Creation begins with an idea. The idea is in the word. And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light (Genesis 1:3).


Moriah College



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