When we write by hand, what we leave on the paper is not simply a graphic sign, but a sign of ourselves.
Making art with words is something that has its roots in the history of art. Miniaturists and scribes in the Middle Ages knew well that words, being images, were also made to be seen, a theme taken up by various currents in the 1960s, a period in which it began, thanks to artists such as Mario Merz, Alighiero Boetti and Emilio Isgrò in Italy, a reflection on the visual and expressive power of language as a new medium to make art.
Writing by hand, it is known, represents a form of self-education of thought, it leaves room for imagination, learning, reflection. And leave room for your own time.
Time is perhaps the only thing we really own; it is the intangible substance of which we are made. Our body is temporal: by changing and aging it shows us the flowing of time, as well as “made of time” is our mind which, through memory, reminds us who we are and who we were. Try to imagine losing your memory completely: you will understand that, together with your memory and the time contained in it, you would lose yourself. We and our time are then the same thing. We are not the ones who own it: it is the time that owns us, and takes us where it wants, back and forth in the past and in the future, and sometimes above, far above, in that world of ours above where everything is wonderful, fantastic, perhaps improbable but still possible. Wasting one’s time, therefore, basically means wasting oneself. It means getting lost and throwing oneself away.
Making art through the medium of handwriting therefore has a meaning that goes beyond the creative process tout court; in my opinion it means to graphically accompanying the flowing of time, because the tip of the pen tracing the minute geometric ups and downs of handwriting on the paper, constitutes a soft gesture that ideally detects the flow of time. And thanks to this gesture, I can fully enjoy my time, be the absolute master of it, because I seem to feel it flowing in my veins.