Another Twelve 'Mo Words

10. Twleve 'Mo Words 22x3x22 Etched Glass Found Object $600 Dan Pillers.jpg
10. Twleve 'Mo Words 22x3x22 Etched Glass Found Object $600 Dan Pillers.jpg

Another Twelve 'Mo Words


etched glass & found objects

22 x 3 x 22

About the Piece:

"Over the past few years, I have been addressing the power of words… how they are used… how they are misused… how they are intended… and how they are perceived.

I believe the act of learning requires a combination of questions, statements, and answers.  Hopefully, the more questions we ask the closer the answers are to the truth.  But, unfortunately, we are sometimes presented with misinformation as truth.

Even the most benign childhood rhymes can be filled with contradiction. "Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." After all, aren't words the basis of communication? And isn't communication the beginning of understanding?

All of us have at one time had words work against us, either in the way they were directed or the way they were received. We all know how deeply a word or phrase can cut into our psyche, yet we are all guilty of using similar words to express dismay, frustration, and anger or to pass judgment or to simply generalize.

The way we use words sometimes have a lasting effect.  Poorly placed words, whether intentional or not, have alienated classmates, summoned tears, generated debates, incited riots, instilled fear and enraged nations.

They have also been catalysts for change. Some have been turned on their heads. "We're here, We're Queer, Get used to it!" is chanted with pride and defiance. Others are incorporated into comedy routines to make us laugh at how ridiculous they are. And still, others have been reduced to mere initials. The "N" word and the "C" word can get you fired from your job.

These two pieces are anchored with a childhood phrase.  “Sticks and Stones and Broken Bones,” asks questions and stirs emotions.  “Another Twelve ‘Mo Words” makes a game of it… find twelve words that are used to describe a gay man...   do you know them?  

The question I pose is: How do you use words?"

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