You could say Ebon Heath has a love affair with letters. In fact, he would say that himself. But Heath is not your standard typography obsessed graphic artist, he takes his love one step further. He turns language into 3D physical artwork.
Heath explains his work by stating that we rarely appreciate the form of a letter. His goal is to create the physical expression of the fusing of typography language with the physicality of our body language. And he is succeeding.
Heath expresses himself in many forms. Some of the most interesting are his mobile sculptures, which are made up of hand cut words. The work bears resemblance to lace fabric or latticed showers of light. They are as interesting as they are beautiful. He also expressed himself through graphic design as well as jewelry.
Similar to hip hop, which he says is another form of liberated language and a starting point in his personal understanding of language as more than words, he wants people to go above simply appreciating his work and instead experience it—to feel rather than only read (or hear) the content.
Ironically, the flattened 2D images of his work found by those not lucky enough to attend one of his show, are the “very antithesis of [his] initial goal”.
While his intention may not come across as intensely unless you experience it in person, the images certainly display his talent, and we cannot deny that something about them moves us. Even in their 2D form.
– Alexa P Gray