Slashed Interiors: Text/Space

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Issue Vol. 3 No. 1 (2020)
Published Jan 24, 2020
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Submitted : Sep 30, 2019 | Accepted : Nov 29, 2019

Igor Siddiqui


This essay explores the relationship between text and space by considering the notion of writing interiors as a form of creative practice. The research focuses on the textual and spatial uses of the punctuation mark slash (/), as evidenced in a range of text-based works by Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Anni Albers, and other artists. The first part of the essay surveys the typographic character’s varied uses in written language; the second part considers its role within artwork titles, namely how its presence shapes spatial interpretations of each artwork in question; in the third part, preceding the conclusion, the focus is on the use of the slash as a mark that is both material and graphic. The resulting interpretations support a call for a change in the conversation about the relationship between writing and interiors.

Keywords: writing, interiors, text, slash, design

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Siddiqui, I. (2020). Slashed Interiors: Text/Space. Interiority, 3(1), 5–20.
Author Biography

Igor Siddiqui, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Igor Siddiqui is Program Director for Interior Design and Associate Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the principal and founder of ISSSSStudio, a practice known for its experimental approach to design. His work has been widely published and exhibited.


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