Jayne Dyer — Talking In Tongues


Jayne Dyer, She, 2010, resin and neon light, 16 x 38 x 3cm

Jayne Dyer, She, 2010, resin and neon light, 16 x 38 x 3cm

Talking In Tongues posits a familiar scenario: two people have a conversation. After the conversation each person recollects what was said and what was meant. Two people, two stories, common yet separate, simultaneously connected and disconnected. Dyer’s word-works forecast miscommunication in everyday, ordinary spoken and written language. Neon and LED words spell out possibilities – ‘softly screaming’, ‘and then’, ‘always ever’ – undercut by an intimacy alluded to but never directly expressed.

Dyer’s practice reveals an insistent fascination with the relationship between visual art and language. Found and made words, printed and imagined texts, constructed and borrowed messages formulate the core of Dyer’s opus. Her ambitious scale and concepts have resulted in installations where books spill from doorways, columns of books become architecture and identities of cities are mapped through individual stories. In this exhibition, for the first time, Dyer will be using neon signs as her preferred medium.