1988-1992: Painted Poems, Painted Words

Parallel to her self-imposed minimalist training through Oriental techniques, Christine Arveil developed a body of work that premised her contemporary blending of written and visual media. Trained in literature at University, Christine Arveil never conceived of the authoring process as one that distinguished written authoring from plastic authoring. Early medieval works combined plastic and text, without dissociation. Christine Arveil journeyed from Early Chinese period calligraphy, to European medieval manuscript techniques, to contemporary Arabic calligraphy. The understanding underlying each of these techniques is the fact that the word is received in a sensory, not solely intellectual, manner. How does the artist then create a technique and use the medium, to strengthen the sensory power of the text?

Painted Words

Painted Words

Painted Poems

Painted Poems

In 1987, the first solo exhibit of Christine Arveil assemled this corpus of abstracted calligraphy, showcasing each technical influence in a coherent body of works.

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