by spouses Seth and Chelsea McKelvey, S/WORD (variably pronounced
word,” “sslashword,” etc.) arises from the belief of a singular truth
in Word: that it is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged
sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit.
out (or, more accurately, crossing over) is not an erasure or
elimination; it does not render the word illegible. Rather, it
invites you to read, and subsequently asks you to consider what you
have read as flawed. It indicates a change in one’s mind,
not just the before and after, but the change itself, the space in
between. It shows process and progress, insofar as regress is
necessary to progress.
seeks impossible expressions of beauty and power in
in light of such failed attempts is it a worthwhile
endeavour to cut and pierce, to show the malleable frailty of
words. It is the firm belief in seeing the unseen, the
capabilities and limitations of language.
is concerned with the dissolution of language, its breaking point, so
that we may know the Word through apophasis.
exists as a record of these fragments, these shards, these partial
reflections. It is a work in progress, a training ground for a
community of artists.