Is Handwriting becoming an Extinct Practice?

By Cyndi Kaplan-Freiman.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
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My research looks at the very real possibility that the practice of handwriting is becoming extinct and what this loss may signify to us from a cultural perspective. What will be lost? Does it matter if we have other effective tools with which to communicate? I take a historical position, looking at the evolution of writing from the time of the Phonecians, the Hebrews and the Chinese. I will also explore its connection to abstract painting and graffiti in a contemporary context.
I will examine this possibility of using my art practice to highlight the significance of the handmade mark and what it signifies besides information, the personality of the writer, the sense of self expression and the physicality of the mark in writing juxtaposed against the process of writing generated by technological means. Before we mourn this loss we may be able to create awareness and save aspects of the process that are precious and valuable to our cultures.

Keywords: Handwriting, Demise of Handwriting, calligraphy, Graphology, Pictogram, Alphabet, texts, Words, Letters, Handmade, Writing Instruments, Palimpsest

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.251-262. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.292MB).

Cyndi Kaplan-Freiman

Postgraduate Student Doing Master of Fine Art, Painting, Postgraduate Research, Collage of Fine Arts, Univeristy of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I have been a practicing artist for the past six years and held my first solo exhibition in Sydney in 2008. I graduated at the National Art School in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a painting major. In 2008 I completed a Post Graduate Degree, Master of Arts by Course Work. I have also written and published 10 self- help books and practiced as a professional motivational speaker from 1991-2003. From 1977-1990 I designed, marketed and manufactured a range of creative activity toys, which were sold in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. I emigrated to Australia in 1983 from South Africa.I am interested in cinema, an avid reader and passionate about walking, drawing and writing as well as making art. I currently teach art to children in a local community center.


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