"In this issue, we bring our readers conversations that are enlivened when read as a whole, that speak to our deepest subconscious desires about our mortality. They speak from a space of timelessness — works fused into unison, into one voice.
We believe, once you let yourself enter this space, your senses start reaching outside the imposed language lines and you experience language and art as a map to the subconscious at work in our lives."
Putting an issue together is about building a language — a way in which we seek to be understood. Inverted Syntax's editorial team discovered work that came over the transom that reminded us of how writing and art must be created: unflinching, resisting conformity and complacency, taking memorable, unorthodox approaches to the canons of art and language and work that turns us inside out and conveys something more about the human experience.
The work we received and chose functions best when read as a whole. Together, the issue is one that reforms language and art with electrifying consternation that you will readily embrace.
For me, Inverted Syntax is the idea that we are always alive in art and text. Most of us are taught to envision existence as something that is here and now, visible and tangible. The pieces selected for Online Issue Two offer a mere glimpse into our stunning Print Issue Two, in which we invite readers to step outside of themselves and expand their definitions of what is real and what is possible. Issue Two builds on mapping the subconscious working through visual and textual arts. It presents the idea that humans everywhere are in conversation with each other, that when you pay attention to those conversations, when they are aligned just right, they can reveal answers to something more.
Art and literature in Issue Two thus become the medium within which we can come close to our sense of life and death. The issue confirms that feeling you get that no one is ever really "gone," but they are there, behind a layer, a wallpaper. That like a wallpaper, art and text hide the other layers of existence. That, when viewed in alignment, can transport us right into a different dimension. The issue carries this motif throughout by inviting readers to enter, explore, play, and ultimately, to look for connections, conversations between the texts and the art.
And we hope that when you, dear reader, connect the dots between our curated multiple works by multiple creators, you will discover yourself in them and discover you are not just here but you are everywhere, you too are alive in our text and you will come close to answers about your existence.