Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Symbols and Sign

This kind of post would usually have ended up on 'Geeky Girl Reads' blog - but I'm posting everything here now.

The linguistics classes I took were some of my favourites - and directed my study in my art and anthropology classes as well... I spent many many hours pouring through every volume (and copying large portions of them into sketchbooks if I could not check them out) in the philology def:(2b) and wikipedia and linguistics section of the library.

Article: Semiotics document - Signs
Saussure noted that his choice of the terms signifier and signified to indicate 'the distinction which separates each from the other.' Despite this, and the horizontal bar in his diagram of the sign, Saussure stressed that sound and thought (or the signified and the signifier) were as inseparable as the two sides of a piece of paper. They were 'intimately linked' in the mind by an associative link - 'each triggers the other' Saussure presented these elements as wholly interdependent, neither pre-existing the other.'

The study of signs and symbols is semiotics.

Examples of some signs from my drawings:


idealized forms(just a few of many) of the living state(mode) symbol. This symbol represents the physical heart as well as the abstract soul, combined into one state, or mode - of being. Think of it, linguistically, as a noun that always has one adjective state or another to begin (or connotation) - and then can have other adjective states attached to it, for additional information. ((Ex: starting noun 'dog' compared to 'hound' - then the addition of 'good hound' or 'loud dog.'))

The 'living' symbol is included to tell information about the figure it is attached to. This symbol tells not only if the figure is alive, a spirit, etc... but also can have other signifiers attached to indicate if the life is growing, looking towards the future or past, sick/well, protected/vulnerable etc. etc. The usual colour of this symbol is blue for the spirit - but if other colours are present, they too can add to the intended meaning.


examples from recent drawings

6 comments:

Chris said...

Eeek! Flashback to grad school!! ;)

Carrie K said...

Ditto (except undergrad classes) but I loved that stuff.

Bob Merkin said...

2nd Notice! Find Shortest Path for Easter Bunny to deliver Faberge Easter Eggs to 13 little girls and boys! 68 days left!

http://vleeptronz.blogspot.com/2007/01/pizzaq-2nd-notice-u-got-68-days-to_30.html

hey hey RheLynn did you look at the Abolitionist Quaker Quilt?

Bob di Vleeptron

Anonymous said...

Vleep: wtf is with the bunnies peer pressure thing here? Is there some hidden meaning you're dancing around or is this just on your finals?


(No i didnt understand this post either. semiotic robots? wha?)

--h2odragon (aka mark)

Lynn said...

I like symbols.
EAch individual has an affinity towards specific symbols, objects, smells, textures and temparatures.'
Humans need something to excite the psyche as well as the senses.
Your work interprets your psyche and how you react to your environment. It is neat listening to the stories you pictures tell

Obsidian Kitten said...

i'm so fascinate by linguistics (ok, my recollection of what i learned about semiotics is pretty slim)

but i think this is part of the reason i'm so fascinated by runes (and ancient alphabets in general, but especially runes)--no one knows how old they are, really--and the symbols are so potent, and ancient, and magickal and have so many wide and varied meanings, like little conatiners of meanings layered upon meanings...

i love that you're posting your drawings along with your notes. it's like a peek into your sketchbook...and the symbols you're using...wow.