Like in Mother Tongue, the marks on black paper and typographical arrangements engage the viewers on a visual level but the phonetic text obstructs the reading process. The meaning is coded. The viewer is led to look for familiar signs in the text but to break the code they must sound out the signs and listen to their own voice to decode the narrative.
Any person able to read phonetics could still pronounce the words correctly without necessarily understanding their meaning. This works plays on the idea of reading as a dual process that involves reading a text on a semantic level, or reading words and signs as visual objects. In both cases, the piece creates a tension between inclusion and exclusion as one experiences the intimacy of a conversation that is never fully revealed.