Extruded typewriter art

Artist Paula Louw incorporates typewriters and other more modern communication technology such as cellphones in her art piececs. "Dysfunctional, contradictory aspects within communication intrigue me and inform my artwork," she states. "In the days when manual typewriters were used, a slower form of communication demanded greater reverence and respect in our manner of addressing people. My connection with typewriters has a very personal link. For many years my late father was General Manager of Olivetti in South Africa. He had an analytical mind and a great love for words and language and read the Shorter Oxford Dictionary for pleasure. Communication with him was difficult for me and our relationship was a stormy one. In an odd way this has informed my art which deals with communication and the barriers to it in contemporary communication media."