the value of words no 2 - sidney brown and heather gordon

“The Value of Words No. 2” is a collaborative project with Sydney Elizabeth Brown completed at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011. The idea for the work came from my personal obsession with the numerically valued word lists generated by playing Perquacky, a word game played with lettered dice.We started the project with words and numeric totals for each round of play typed on index cards for a game between two players. Sydney took the even numbered cards, and I took the odds. What began as an experiment with words, numbers and gaming bloomed into a dialogue of association combining the concepts of game play and relationships, intuition and logic, and a general exploration of the meaning of the words we speak.