A Lot to Say: a lot of nothing to say, Codex I
This first codex was written between the years of 2003 and 2004 and was photographed during 2007. The one-of-a-kind was created & handbound during 2008. However, each edition afterwards has and will be written during the course one calendar year. Each edition is a chronological compilation of self-written sayings, rhetorical questions, quotes, and philosophies. This is just a small preview; the actual book contains approximately 78 pages, containting 35 images.
Philosophy and art alike have served humankind through understanding, intellect, and possibility. There are several interpretations within each philosophy, just as there are multiple answers to each unlimited possibility in an art piece. The beauty of philosophy is that, many are left so ambiguous, they are as if alive. Imagery is similar in manner and can be left ambiguous to interpretation of its own, or even when combined with corresponding literature. When writing is presented in a timeless manner, it can appeal to many situations and lines of discourse. No matter what we think we know; we still have a lot of nothing to say because what does humankind actually know as absolute truth and who can determine that? The fundamental qualities of rhetorical questions and profound statements are part of what makes certain writings philosophies. Whether it be philosophy or art, each possesses its own symbolism, allegory, and semiotics. These signs guide us on an inner journey; one which may lead to enlightenment. - Shawn Saumell, Artist