Taking inspiration from poetry, jazz, and graffiti, this rhythmic drawing approach merges the expressive potentials of ink with the written word. Rapid implies speed, quickness of movement and thought. Fire calls to attention the potential power and explosiveness of speech and the written word. Rapid Fire Text acknowledges forces that can manipulate, elevate, sensor, or silence. Harnessing this ancient fluid media (ink), students become familiar with how duration and speed can function as tools for developing their writing, self-representation, and expression within a classroom community.
Though a series of durational works, students practice syncing their physical movement of painting with the pace of their thinking. By the completion of the event, their drawing surface is saturated with layers of calligraphic text reflecting on issues of personal mental health and community. These surfaces may be excavated for meaning or remain semi-illegible. Manual pdf The materiality and viscerality of ink may be interpreted as expressive marks or it may deliver more nuanced messages as does the written word.
Links to article and online exhibition:
Hybrid Arts Lab: Rapid Fire Text | Urban Arts Space (osu.edu)
Hybrid Arts Lab exhibits explore racial injustice, diversity | College of Arts and Sciences (osu.edu)