Ideogram; alternative titling systems
Although I develop distinct series, I consider my photography to be a single body of work, all part of one universe. This universe however, does fall into several parts, distinguished one from another not by colour, texture or shape, but rather by different layers of associative sensibilities. To capture and articulate these layers, I created a simple ideographic* system that operate as a subset of title. Instead of using names, I assign a graphic symbol, an ideograph, that represents the characteristics of a series. This system is applied to the series the Modeling, Formation, Incipitate and Heliotropes.
Initially, these series are represented by one key ideogram (The four key ideographic symbols above respectively). Subsequently, every singular work from these series is represented by a unique ideogram that is derived from the key ideogram.
The system consists of four different parameters: surface, thickness, position and phase. Identifying the parameters in a work and how these are represented in a ideogram is pretty straightforward:
the position marker is determined by the position of the glass in relation to the camera. The surface marker is based on the type of physical reaction that occurs in the glass (coagulation, thickening or separation) The phase marker articulates the stage of the reaction and the type of texture that emerges during this stage. The thickness marker is determined by the height of the reliëf.
*from wikipedia; An ideogram or ideograph is a graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept, independent of any particular language, and specific words or phrases. Some ideograms are comprehensible only by familiarity with prior convention; others convey their meaning through pictorial resemblance to a physical object, and thus may also be referred to as pictograms.