This introductory post explores the concept of the unessay and relates the unessay to the artistic process, generally, and the use of text as an artistic element, specifically.
Chinese calligraphy is a form of writing where the artistic function of the written characters stands equal to the language function.
In Orthodox Christian Iconography, the textual elements are part of an integrated religious message designed to focus the worshipper on the central mystery of Christianity.
Bruce Nuaman creates neon wordplays that ask the reader/viewer to examine individual and societal assumptions.
Cuneiform sits on the boundary between art and text and is instructive in examining the evolution of text as an artistic element.
Poets manipulate text position, page layout, and white space to convey meaning. The poet can be considered a painter of words.
Analog and digital technology allows the poet to free the written word from the static printed page and convey meaning through motion.