Miriam Londoño Has a Way With Words

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Letter - Pedacitos de Desespero by Miriam Londoño
Letter – Pedacitos de Desespero by Miriam Londono
Collage made of loose sentences based on a letter written by Ingrid Betancourt during her captivity in the Colombian jungle. The collage represents linguistic chaos: words seem to sink into the gaps existing between them and the shadows projected on the wall, making the texts impossible to read in its totality. This chaos becomes a metaphor of the dimension of the pain of those who unjustly lost their freedom.
(Image © Miriam Londoño)

Miriam Londoño’s work at first reminded me a little of Annie Vought’s ‘Paper Cut Letters’, but when I investigated a little further it became clear that was only because they share a love of working in paper.

Miriam Londoño studied art at the Antioquia University in Medellin, Colombia, and at the Arts Academy in Florence, Italy. In recent years she has experimented a great deal with paper fibres, developing a personal technique to write and draw with paper as if it were ink.

Textile and writing have been Miriam’s sources of inspiration: textile as the underlying structure of things, and writing as a textile created by the continuous interlacing of words.

Much of her work focuses on visual texts where words rather than written on paper are themselves made ​​of paper: see-through structures made up of lines in space, allowing light to filter through and shadows to emerge.

Her work is elegant. It is easy to see why she has achieved such success.

Entangled Names by Miriam Londoño
Entangled Names by Miriam Londoño
Based on people’s names, which look like autographs.
(Image © Miriam Londoño)
Head by Miriam Londoño
Head by Miriam Londoño
(Image © Miriam Londoño)
Reading Myslef by Miriam Londoño
Reading myself by Miriam Londoño
(Image © Miriam Londoño)
Monologue by Miriam Londoño
Monologue by Miriam Londoño
(Image © Miriam Londoño)
Mother by Miriam Londoño
Mother by Miriam Londoño
(Image © Miriam Londoño)

If you would like to learn about Miriam Londoño and her work, her website is worth a visit. You can also find out where she is exhibiting. She even runs workshops! Check out more here.

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Comments (12)

How do people think of these things?

I ask myself that very question every day.

Wow …..love this work !

Intricate and amazing, isn’t it, D?

Love these, in particular the head and body sculptures. They are magnificent. The entangled names reminds me a little of the story vases I found a while ago, which I also thought would lovely (and was also a great story in terms of the women making them, link attached)

http://www.designfront.org/category.php?id=110&product=217

Ooooh – I like those! Thanks Missy K – great tip!

These are so great, TSL – love that first one, in particular. Such a clever idea.

Imagine the patience, Sparks. An enforced meditation, perhaps?

Oh yes – wonderful work!

Just beautiful, isn’t it?

Yet another use for our fabulous written word 🙂

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