This process-based work of visual and conceptual art explores "spelled-forms" merged with images of writing on the Rosetta Stone. Spelled-forms are created using a process that translates the spelling of words into abstract images. The process is quite simple: lines plot the spelling of words within a fixed circle of alphabetic points (the letter points aren't spaced equally around the circle - the consonants are organized around an equal spacing of vowels). The variations in form result entirely from spelling because the configuration of alphabetic points is constant - it doesn't change from word to word. These process-generated abstract forms map the choices made by our cultural ancestors when they created the signs for words.
Since the choices of English spelling didn't evolve according to plan, the resulting imagery depicts an innately or intuitively formulated patterning. The spelling-generated imagery sometimes resembles early artifacts of the symbolic mind. The facing page shows the spelled-forms of "CURLED" and "EDGE" in relation to a shell bead adornment discovered in Africa, which pushed back the evidence of the origin of language over 100,000 years; the other image is a stone ax with an outline of its edge. - Michael J. Winkler