Diane Howey Sept. 1-26
What is a colloquialism you ask? The official definition is: ku’lowkeweeu’lizum [n] a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech, an expression, a local or regional dialect expression.
More simply put they are phrases that so many of us have worked into our everyday language. Many colloquialisms are of local origin. For example here in the Midwest we have such phrases as ‘putting the cart before the horse or runnin’ around like a chicken with its head cut off (we can all relate to that one now and then).
For this exhibit each artist selected a colloquialism and then proceeded to think of creative ways to portray the meaning. This could be either a literal depiction or the artists’ interpretation.
I am sure you will recognize a number of the phrases but we also found some in our journey that we had never heard before.