The inadequacy of emoticons

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The inadequacy of emoticons, the shallowness of chat.
assemblage of found objects
clay figure by Roger Morris
cast metal sunshine face, lead typeset exclamation mark. In old wooden box
by Dale Copeland, finished on the last day of 2014
Emoticons. Those little images people use in their emails to compensate for the fact that there can be no body language, no facial signals of state of mind. But how very limited they are. Happy, sad, quizzical ...?
I look at this figure that Roger Morris made and to me it signifies the bottomless depression, the deep despair, which is so hard to put into words, let alone into a single key pressed on the keyboard.
The exclamation mark makes the point. Emphatically.


Dale's studio can be found on Surf Highway, Taranaki, New Zealand

More of her work can be seen on the Virtual TART site at http://virtual.tart.co.nz/Dale

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