When we hear a birdsong that stirs our interest or notice the texture of the bark on a tree we are nearing the borderlands where human language and the language of “more-than-human” nature converge. An ‘ecograph’ is a word that is slightly unconventional, which has the potential to draw attention to details of nature and revive our awareness of the rudiments of language. They are created through an iterative process of drawing a personal experience of nature and describing it with (ordinary) words. ‘Ecographs’ is an ongoing public artwork consisting of three phases:
Like Chinese ideographs, ecographs are easily reproducible but also individually expressive. Each one contains a delightful double life as picture-and-symbol that invites interpretation. Whether joyful, disturbing, comic, or profound, ecographs all share the potential to renew our awareness of the communicating world around us, and stimulate minds that are open to dialogue.