E_SCAPE / REAL_TY / PERFEC_ / HOL_DAY by Emma Anna
E_SCAPE / REAL_TY / PERFEC_ / HOL_DAY is a four-part visual poem consisting of words that are composed of letter tiles from the popular board game Scrabble.
When read together as a continuous poem, these words form a rhythmic narrative that proclaims the virtues of the public library - the perfect place to escape from the reality of the everyday and in which to find poetic sanctuary.
Like ancient rune stones, these letterforms also appear to individually spell out a series of coded messages. The missing letter of each word invites the viewer to contemplate a conceptual void through which new meaning and humour are evoked.
This installation, therefore, celebrates the beauty and creative potential of the alphabet. Simple words can become gateways to new ideas and different ways of perceiving seemingly ordinary things. In much the same way, libraries hold keys to unlock the imagination through the stories, characters and ideas that they shelter.
The works represent a continuation of the wordplay that is a feature of the artist’s public art practice. It is also in part a homage to the Scrabble player’s Holy Grail: the seven-letter word.
E_SCAPE /REAL_TY / PERFEC_/ HOL_DAY by Emma Anna was exhibited from 1 October 2015 - 31 March 2016.