Seven unknown international artists are attempting to explore how words and text are perceived by society in a new exhibition at The Gallery, Willesden Green. The display - entitled Visual
Vocabulary - Between Words and Images - explores the difference between what we understand from reading text and what we see as a visual image.
The artists say that by distorting familiar words or texts they have questioned the way we use words in language and how our idea of words has been shaped by society.
In Bible Genome, contributor Sabrina Hohmann has covered all the letters in the Book of Genesis with white watercolour paint apart from those featuring in the chemical symbol for human DNA.
She says this is to explore the relationship between scientific ideas about the origin of human life and religious belief.
Meanwhile artist James Ferris has lined up library books in the form of a domino rally to create a flick book that will be a permanent feature.
Many of the pieces are interactive, like the work by Dietmar Herzog, where the viewer has to decipher the words on his multi-layered acrylic object.
Yun Kyung Jeong has developed a live performance on the gallery wall turning two-dimensional words from books into three dimensional images.
The other exhibitors are Roisin Byrne, Elisabeth Clark and Bona Park.
* You can view Visual Vocabulary -Between Words and Images at The Gallery at Willesden Green, Willesden Green Centre, High Road, Willesden Green, until Frida October 17, every day between 2pm and 6pm.