When I was 16 almost 17, I read Homi Bhabba for the first time. I couldn’t understand him but I thought it was cool to borrow his terms, such as ‘hybridization, mimicry, pseudo-scientific’. Being so young, I read books I couldn’t understand just so I could use some ‘new’ words. I remember using difficult words of Bhabba, Derrida, and alike in my undergrad and early grad years to sound smart and to impress my lecturers (I used Bhabba’s type of neologisms in Theory and Philosophy of Architecture to get A, haha)
Later in my life, though, while still appreciating their works, I got tired of those who write with obscure language full of neologism, jargons and buzzwords. Not that everybody should write in the common language of the common person, but I believe in the clearness of words and sentences. I believe that great authors are those who can provide “clarity” that synthesizes complexity, not those who like to complicate complexity.
Recently, unexpectedly I was asked to provide an artist statement. I wrote many research or teaching statements as a scholar, but I never wrote a statement as an artist. Continue reading