What Sam Winston doesn’t know about text and experimental typography isn’t worth knowing. The London-based artist and educator has spent his working life examining the way we approach all manner of literary artefacts, from giant dictionaries to the works of William Shakespeare, finding new and innovative ways for his audience to engage with text in a visually intuitive fashion. For an upcoming show at the V&A, Sam has been commissioned to produce work in response to a specially written piece by the author Hari Kunzru, illustrating the text in a fashion that references mankind’s worship of the periodic table through a combination of western scientific symbolism and eastern religious geometry. The final works are totemic slabs of zinc, deeply etched with Sam’s trademark typographic flair.
Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace runs at the V&A from 18 June – 20 October 2013.