Z - Print by Mike Slane


Mike Slane

The design for the letter Z reveals the paradox and complexities of language and origins of meaning. The 7th letter of many Semitic languages, Z, or Zayin, takes it’s form from a sword and means ‘to cut’. But Zayin also derives it’s meaning from a root word that means ‘sustenance’ or ‘nourishment’. Zayin is also representative of divine authority, as it depicts Vav, the symbol for man but who has been crowned king. The 7th letter of the alphabet suggests divinity. Thus, this design attempts to show the duality and deep paradox contained in the letter Z. God, divine love and the authority to use violence.

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