Words Are Objects is the one-person studio of Colombian artist and graphic designer María José Castillo. Currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, their work focuses on printmaking, lettering, publication design, illustration and installation pieces.
Maria José has worked in the commercial field for publishing agencies, graphic design studios, cultural organizations and artists such as: ARTBO, IDARTES, the Colombian Ministry of Culture, and projects awarded by AIGA. Their art has been showcased in galleries in Colombia and the United States. They have been the recipient of awards and scholarships by TEDx, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and ICETEX.
Along with commercial work, María José cultivates an art practice that feeds off of their curiosity with language and communication. Their conceptual approach incorporates the analysis of cultural background related to the way we read the written word, not only as a functional element in a discourse, but also as an object existing in a spatial field.
María José’s work is heavy on formal exploration of type and shapes, with a refreshing view on how type, layout and color affect the way a message is read.
Always able to maintain a seasoned eye on contemporary graphic design, they also dive deep in a quirky and colorful universe with their illustration work, often accompanied by lettering exploration.
Photo by Shun Jie Yong.