Echolalia: The Forgetting of Language
Echolalia: The Forgetting of Language, a series of unique screen prints, explores the metaphoric language of pattern as cultural signifier. The patterns, based on the digitization of motifs from nature, Buddhism, 60’s pop culture and contemporary industry, retain only traces of their origin. Nature is mimicked with scrims of flowers, machine-made and symmetrical, punning both pop art and cherry blossoms, the iconic Japanese harbinger of spring. Derived from an elaborate process combining digital technology with traditional media, the patterns are deconstructed and printed in perennial re-combinations of color and scale paralleling Warhol’s forays into seriality and abstraction
Repetition is a pervasive theme. Echolalia, the immediate and involuntary repetition of words, references the actual working process of the series. A small number of silkscreens were interchanged and printed repeatedly. As the patterns permutate from print to print, borrowing from and echoing each other, an analogy to actual language, with its fluctuating, appropriating and often ephemeral nature is drawn. Reflecting the continual evolution of language, Lanzetta is “artist as DJ at the mixing table, spinning and weaving motifs from different cultures, experimenting with scale and repetition.”1 The prints, through their hybrid compositions, synthesize a new visual vocabulary referencing the shifting flux of change and exchange.
1. Amy Chase Gulden, Apartment Therapy, New York City, Feb. 7th, 2007