Description A selection of pages from On the Road by Jack Kerouac that have been marked, and highlighted according to themes within the novel. While gathering information for the rest of my 'Writing Without Words' project, I ended up with an entire novel marked and divided by theme and structure, and counted the number of words per sentence. The end result became a work of art or map in itself.
Stefanie Posavec, London Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement 'Writing Without Words' was the project I completed for my final year on the MA Communication Design course at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. I wanted to find a way of communicating the complexity found in literature as well as highlight the similarities and differences in the writing styles of various authors.The structure of a novel and its punctuation, parts of speech, and words per sentence were used to generate the final complex patterns. Any piece of literature can be visualised using these approaches, but the focus of the project was the novel On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, because of its importance to Stefanie while growing up in Denver, Colorado – a key city within the novel.
I was born in Loveland, Colorado in 1981 and raised in Denver, Colorado, where analysing the grammatical structure of sentences in high school English class proved more influential than I ever imagined. After moving back and forth between Denver and London, I moved to London permanently in 2004. I hold a BFA from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado (2002), and an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England (2006). While pursuing personal projects and exhibitions in my spare time, my full-time job involves working with literature, but in a different way: I work as a book cover designer in London.