"It is all too easy to take language, one's own language, for granted-one may need to encounter another language, or rather another mode of language, in order to be astonished, pushed into wonder, again."

—Oliver Sacks, "Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf," 1989.

Randy Garber's hands working

Photo by Robin Z. Boger

Artist Statement

My work investigates perception and how meaning is deciphered. How we navigate our perceptual terrain is complicated by the fact that what we excavate, discover and describe is always over-determined by the tools we use: language, memory, science, line, shape, color, etc.: puzzling this out is the subject of my work.

Throughout my explorations in varied media in two and three dimensional work, my images evoke a sense of order as well as orderly growth gone awry. I believe that the aberrant, the rogue and the wayward signals are the ones that can guide us to expanded understanding of our worlds and ourselves.