Felise Luchansky
Artist Statement





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D-E-S-I-R-E, mixed media, 8”x24’ (installation view) 2009

Morse Code of D-E-S-I-R-E and R-E-L-E-A-S-E audio.

Listen to the audio:

Texting and emoticons are popular new tools for communicating. Their widespread use and popularity prompted me explore an older form of communication.  Morse code, created by Samuel Morse, is a type of character encoding that transmits telegraphic information using rhythm. Morse code uses a standardized sequence of short and long elements to represent the letters, punctuation and special characters of a given message. The short and long elements can be formed by sounds, marks, or pulses and are commonly known as "dots" and "dashes”.

In this installation I created the symbols to represent the words D-E-S-I-R-E and R-E-L-E-A-S-E using visual elements photographed and then collaged within the constraints of the dots and dashes of Morse code.  The dots and dashes are precisely laid out to create visual rhythms that resonate across the walls of the gallery space and invite the viewer to explore the meaning both personal and universal of these terms.