Stereosyntax

SOV/SVO suite: woodcut | 24.25″ x 38.125″ | edition of 3 | 2017

 

Postposition/Preposition: woodcut | 16″ x 21″ | edition of 10 | 2017

 

Word Order (Study): woodcut | 9″ x 8.25″ | edition of 10 | 2017

One way to categorize a language is by its basic word order: SVO vs. SOV (or one of several other rarer combinations). In the former (such as English), an ordinary sentence has the form Subject-Verb-Object; in the latter (such as Japanese), an ordinary sentence has the form Subject-Object-Verb. A fascinating counterpart of this is that not only do predicates have apparently opposite structures in English and Japanese, but so do a wealth of other kinds of phrases: noun phrases, adjective phrases, comparatives, prepositions/postpositions, and more. Stereosyntax takes this broad tendency of such pairs of languages as a jumping off point for a visual exploration of symmetry and variation in geometrical forms.