Orthography In Disregard

QSS Gallery & Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
8 February – 29 February 2024

Letters seem to move and shift as I try to make sense of the words. All rules of language no longer apply; letters become three-dimensional, layering on top of one another and becoming so intertwined that meaning can no longer be found. However, see how the letters are now merely lines, shapes, and forms floating off the page—open for interpretation.

Orthography In Disregard is a solo exhibition by Elize de Beer that explores written language, the objectivity and tradition of books, and an interpretation of her dyslexic reading experience. Alongside a series of etchings, screenprints, and letterpress prints, de Beer has created large-scale pop-up book sculptures. These abstract text-based artworks aim to provide viewers with an immersive and alternative reading experience.

This exhibition challenges the conventional boundaries of orthography and books through de Beer’s dyslexic lens. Dyslexia, a neurodivergent condition, influences the way individuals process and decode written language. Books as carriers of that written language were traditionally adorned in hand-marbled paper and letterpress type. In Orthography In Disregard, books are transformed into large-scale sculptural objects—still carriers of knowledge, but now abstracted across the multiple planes and forms of paper mechanisms.

Orthography in Disregard celebrates the fluidity of language and the nature of books. They are both carriers of meaning that can change and shift depending on the reader. The exhibition aims to bridge the gap between conventional understanding and the rich, diverse world of dyslexic interpretation.

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Orthography in Disregard Review by Jonathan Brennan

Installation Images by Paul Marshall