Rachel Spencer - ‘Meta-’ Exhibition Promotional Video

Born in North Queensland, Rachel Spencer relocated to Gold Coast in 2011 to commence her studies at Griffith University. Her practice predominately consists of using paper, resins and glues. Her strengths lie in studio experimentation where paper sources are re-worked to produce art pieces which hold meaning significant to the materials origins. She graduated in July 2014 with a Bachelor of Digital Media majoring in Fine Art

Artist Statement for Adults
My love for literacy began at an early age, where I turned to the colourful, captivating pages of Dr. Seuss books. Illustrations seemed to crawl, explode and bounce off the pages as my Mother and Father keenly recited the rhythmic verses that formed such amusing stories. I can still hear my little brother giggling in my ear as we squirmed together, eagerly listening to Green Eggs and Ham for the 100th time, like it was the first. This is a memory cherished by millions of children who, later in life, cannot wait to share this experience with children of their own.
The Sounds of Seuss narrates the joys of early childhood learning, particularly speech and literacy development. The work uses ‘nonsense’ words such as ‘Zummzian Zuks’ and ‘Snee’, invented by Dr. Seuss himself as a mechanism for developing children’s literacy skills. Recordings of these words produced whacky sound waves that, ironically, when observed from different angles, look similar in shape to some of the ‘nonsense’ animals created by Dr. Seuss. A visual vocabulary of quirky words vibrates off the walls through the display of vibrant sound waves. The Sounds of Seuss body of work is made up of 25 nonsense words selected from the Yellow Spine books, which are ideal for fluent readers.
Dr. Seuss’ ‘nonsense’ words enable him to strengthen poetic verses, intensifying the application of rhyme, rhythm and repetition throughout his stories. Theodor Seuss Geisel masters the ability to apply such fundamental literacy development mechanisms so effortlessly and in the most entertaining manner.

Artist Statement for Children
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
When I was a child Dr. Seuss books were my favourite and they helped me learn how to read. There were some words I knew and some that I didn’t, but usually these were the words that sounded the funniest!
These funny words have been turned into buzzing sound waves using pages from the Dr. Seuss books. A sound wave is made from vibrations moving through air particles. When these particles bump into other particles more vibrations are made until finally there is no more energy to keep it alive. Try putting your hand in front of your mouth and saying ‘hello’. Did you feel the air flow from your mouth and vibrate against your hand? Now try imagining this feeling as a picture! If you’re having trouble, look at one of the sound waves I’ve made here to get an idea of what this feeling might look like.
Have a go at reading some of these funny words. How many can you read?

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