Simon Glass

Cratylus, 2008

This is a suite of giclee prints with gold leaf that takes its title from Plato's dialogue on language. Hermogenes, easily influenced and uncertain, argues with Socrates that language is based on convention. Cratylus, more certain, and fixed in his ways, insists that language is natural. The images of fossils, indexes of prehistoric (and prelinguistic) life forms, are juxtaposed with textual references to language - biblical, mystical, historical and contemporary.

Plato's Cratylus
Gary Michael Dault's review of the Index G exhibition