Dahylia Elsayed, Three Year Triptych, 2007-10, Acrylic on Paper, 46″H x 34″ W each, Courtesy of the Artist
Text and images have been interconnected in art for thousands of years. Egyptian hieroglyphics circa 3200BC were a pictorial language painted on papyrus to tell stories about society. In the 13th to 15th centuries illuminated manuscripts from were made with animal skins to tell stories about religion or rulers. Nowadays, artists use text in various forms (printed, calligraphic and pictorial forms), to make works which communicate their ideas about the world. Language and aesthetic properties are in dialogue with one another, refuting or reinforcing, the message(s) of the work.