A classic puzzle known as a ‘rebus’ uses pictures to represent words or parts of words. In linguistics, the rebus principle means using existing symbols, such as pictograms, purely for their sounds regardless of their meaning and employing the resulting sounds for word construction. Applying this principle to a sculpture allows it to be read literally — at the same time it proposes bridges between the visual and verbal communication, where you would not expect to find them.

“I can see you” is the example used in the Wikipedia text on the topic of rebus. The sculpture’s four objects each stand for one word in a sentence, while the pedestal enforces syntax and refers to a game quality of the work.

fibreboard, synthetic resin, imitation gold leaf, paint, found postcard, 107x100x13cm