Jia Sung’s Play on words is an ongoing series of daily drawings, based on her favorite words. Above is just a taste of the visual artist’s work on the series taking rarely used words and breathing a new life (and a little humor) using her artistic talents.
The painter/illustrator Jia was born in Minnesota, bred in Singapore, now based in Brooklyn.
The word project is an expression of my love for language, and an attempt at discipline. I have a collection of words that I love and never get to use in everyday conversation. So I made drawings where they could come into play instead. As for discipline, consistency is something I struggle with, so working in a (originally daily) series is an effort to address that. Although looking at the series as a whole, it still feels wildly variable. – Jia Sung
I have a master list of words that I keep in my notebook, and the idea is that I will sit down and pick out a word first thing in the morning or when I get home from work or errands – it’s a project where I go with whatever medium strikes my fancy at the time, and every new piece is a low-consequence space for experimentation and play. – Jia Sung