“Light and language are not only the foundations for knowledge and perception, because they serve as the transmission and communicative usage at the same time. Light is a form of language, respectively a carrier of signs and codes. On the other hand language can serve as a construction principle for light, and light can appear as literal.” Brigitte Kowanz 2010
Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz uses light from neons, reflections from mirrors and darkness itself to ‘paint’ a picture. Using neon light tubes to make words and sometimes what appears to be words, the resultant image is a codified one, a type of undecipherable language which can only be deciphered on another level.