Street Stuff 2018-2019


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Street Stuff is a series of ceramic conceptual trompe-l’oeil mixed-media installations based on research and international travel. The language of symbols on signs has a commonality of meaning that transcends written language. In Taiwan I saw many posts and street warnings painted with black and yellow caution stripes. In the United States I have seen many areas cordoned off with the typical black and yellow caution tape. In Hong Kong I saw a bundle of construction bamboo, one was wrapped with black and yellow caution tape. Along with constructing a trompe l’oeil ceramic bamboo installation that had with one bamboo wrapped with ceramic caution tape, my ceramic caution tape took on a life of its own. Three small installations, each with a coil of black and yellow ceramic tape placed on its ceramic gray disk. Each each tape is made with a variation to provide a differentiation among the three. This type of tape, or the painted replicas of it, are used as a warning for potential danger or caution in many countries-the USA, Asia, and Europe. Many signs and symbols may be interpreted with a meaning that is visually comprehensible with an identity that speaks to almost anyone, anywhere.