Washington State Magazine

Summer 2003

Summer 2003

In This Issue...


Building the Perfect Bone :: With a new baby as inspiration, and an interdisciplinary team to help, husband and wife Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose have set out to solve the puzzle of how to imitate nature's growth of the human bone.

"Problem" Is a Good Word :: There are no stars at Miller/Hull Partnership.

Cooking for 7,000 :: So what are students eating? Just about everything. And how much?

With Eyes Wide Open :: Margarita Mendoza de Sugiyama is on the lookout for crooks, "really slimy crooks."

Survival Science :: Joanna Ellington champions fecundity.



:: WHAT DON'T WE KNOW:How do bonds break?

:: SEASONS|SPORTS:High jumper with a head for finance

:: SEASONS|SPORTS:Cougars come home again to coach

:: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN:The friends you keep & the wealth you reap

:: PERSPECTIVE:The great conversation

:: A SENSE OF PLACE:Emerald winters, brown summers


Shohom Bose Bandyopadhyay, son of Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose, has perfected the art of bone-building. Read the story. Photograph by Robert Hubner.

'Going metric: Give a centimeter and they will take a kilometer,' 2000, by C.C. Elian.


Going metric: Give a centimeter and they will take a kilometer, 2000, by C.C. Elian.

A New language

by | © Washington State University

Claudine Elian uses language in her art because, as she puts it, unlike representational art, words exist in their complete state only when they are both written and read. However, she also finds the Latin alphabet static and conforming. So she invented her own alphabet.

Elian, who works under the name C.C. Elian, is a distance education student formerly of Anacortes, now of Brooklyn. But she is not studying art. Art is something you discover on your own, she feels. Rather, she is pursuing a degree in social science.

 "A lot of the material I write about has a social bent," she says. She has no interest, though, in simply responding to headlines, looking at her education in social science through WSU as training her mind to better contemplate certain problems.

Adult education is a real gift, she says. It's better to go to school later, when you know what you're interested in. Five courses away from a degree, she admits she is distracted by the energy of her art and New York City. At 51, she has no plans to change the direction of her life and art. However, she is determined to finish her degree, for the sake of completion.

Elian's interest in language as art began early. Born in Alsace, she first spoke the Germanic Alsatian dialect. She and her twin brother were orphaned and moved to an orphanage in southern France, where she spoke French. In high school, she taught herself to write in Cyrillic, which "made it a little more interesting."

She works in a "codified calligraphy," which she based on a Pythagorean grid. Why would anyone want to learn a private language in order to "read" her art?

They don't, she says. But that language will guide the reader through the deeper layers.

For more on her work, see www.ccelian.com

Categories: Languages and linguistics, Fine Arts | Tags: Writing

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