You know that old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words? Yeah that one. Being a writer I’ve always hated that phrase because it sort of kills my ambition but when it comes to text messages – everyone’s favourite thing – and emoji’s, it definitely rings true. I mean, sometimes you’re really left in situations where only an overexcited cat with heart-eyes or a woman dancing in a red flamingo dress is the only appropriate response.
Contemporary designer Liza Nelson either agrees with me or simply sums up our obsession of using icons in digital conversation. To pay homage to their popularity and ‘meaning’, Nelson created a photographic series of ‘real life’ emojis by using models, clay, paper and vegetables.
“Emojis mean everything and they mean nothing at the same time. They’re completely personal and completely universal”.
Does digital art get more #relevant than this? IDK.