Process-based paintings of abstract forms map the
choices made by our cultural ancestors when they
created the signs for words
Michael Joseph Winkler’s paintings are of abstract forms generated by the spelling of words.
His geometric imagery reveals the pattern encoded in the sequencing of a word’s letters.
Winkler says, “The non-rational choices which created the patterning in the signs for words
are an expression of collective awareness which extends back to the words' ultimate origin.”
His word-generated forms are produced using a structured process which creates a spatial
transformation of written language. The Roman Alphabet’s 26 letters are represented as a
circular configuration of uniquely spaced letter-points. Lines are drawn which interconnect the
letter-points according to a word’s spelling (see below).
*A related process was used in the painting to create word-generated colors.
About the Work page for more information on the ongoing project.