As a culture, we are bombarded with an alarming number of messages on a daily basis—the majority coming from digital sources. These messages, both in our lives and this work, are curated, repeated, fractured, processed, filtered, distorted, layered and juxtaposed. Codified with language and filtered through form—each element representational of a singular meaning.
Paraphrasing gestalt psychologist, Kurt Koffka, we are reminded that no single element ever exists independently, but signals a larger whole. Meaning and significance never isolated, but mutually exclusive to understanding. No sense pulled from separate points, but only from a constructed whole.
Often expressed as “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” implies that many has more value than the single. But, more appropriately, the whole is only representational of an independent element completely autonomous from the singular parts.