Slaughter House Five: Type and Form by Alida Rosie Sayer

Alida Rosie Sayer combined typography and papercraft to create her wonderful artwork. This one above, a series titled Slaughterhouse Five: Type and Form, is Alida's way to visualize the cult novel by Kurt Vonnegut, by hanging hundreds of layers of hand cut letterpress prints.

Katerina Biliouri of Yatzer interviewed the artist:

You chose Vonnegut’s novel “Slaughterhouse Five” as the book for your three-dimensional typographic pieces. What lies behind the selection of the specific book?

I read the book a year and a half ago and it really struck a chord with me. I was particularly inspired by the concept of an alien race conceived by the confused mind of the main character who is trying to come to terms with difficult memories. The alien race addressed various issues he felt with his past experiences by not only presenting to him alternative methods of considering time, but also oneself in relation to it, with richly visual descriptions. To me the challenge of “visualising time” this way or trying to communicate visually what it could be like to see the past, present and future all at once was a very exciting prospect.

I decided that by using creative typography and quotes from the book itself, this would ground my work in a recognisable form and allow me to be more experimental without becoming entirely removed from the original subject.


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