CROSS-CUT CRISS-CROSS 

Duo show, with Karin Lijnes

Millennium Gallery, Pretoria

October 2000

Criss-cross signifies intersections, crossings and spanning a gap; mapping and finding a route.

 

Criss-cross is another word for Christ-cross (literally implying a duplication of Christ's cross), the cross before the alphabet in the Renaissance horn-books and the mark of the cross in general.

 

The reference to the alphabet connotes reading (interpreting) situations: Christ-cross-row and Criss-cross-row both means 'alphabet'.

 

Criss-cross suggests movement over surface whilst cross-cut refers to moving into depth: an incision or opening to reveal or analyse structure or strata.

Opening address by Wilma Cruise.

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