Sally Morfill and Ana Cavic

Still from Rules that order the reading of clouds 2016
Digital animation, 3 mins, 20 secs

According to Laurent Jenny, the intention of the artist/writer Henri Michaux’s early graphic work was ‘to reconcile writing and drawing, which after all are both attributes of the same line’.

In Rules that order the reading of clouds, the medium for Sally Morfill and Ana Čavić's exchange is the nomadic line that traverses visual and literary fields as it moves between drawing and poetry. Our starting point is a single digitised line drawing of a dynamic skyscape. This image is gradually deconstructed and recomposed as a poem, then in turn, the poem is deconstructed and reconfigured as a drawing, emulating the unpredictable movements of clouds. We set in motion a generative call and response between drawing and writing, as each new configuration of lines conjures new meanings and readings.