Originally Published: October 1, 2016 6 a.m.
Calligrapher/artist Sid Freeman opens her new show, “Signatures,” at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.
Prescott people might recognize Freeman’s work from her inscription on the Salvation Army mural on Montezuma Street completed soon after she moved to Prescott Valley in 1993. A calligrapher for nearly 30 years, she uses text as “image poetry.”
Freeman struggled to describe her current series: to show how words can do and be their meaning.
“It came from that, from some kind of presence within the written language that sort of allows that,” she said. “Somehow everything has a signature, everything has a unique symbolic feature.”
In her painting titled “Anchored Innocence,” Freeman repeats “Romeo” and “Juliet” in a spiral that fades into a pale “Wherefore art thou?” She said it’s a note to how their individual families “totally screw them up in their love affair.”
“I wondered, why didn’t they run away? But they couldn’t; they loved their families too much. So it’s a love that is anchored in tradition. In her innocence, Juliet planned to die and didn’t tell Romeo. That was insane. It was her innocence that thought that would work.”
She has three or four pieces that speak to relationships between words and lettering. “Pros and Cons,” for instance, uses one continuous scrolling line with colorful “pros” and “cons” intertwined throughout.
Freeman’s exhibit runs through Nov. 30. The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is located at 502 Main St., Jerome, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.