The works in this project are prompted by the question: how is government imaged? Provoked by a posted sign in my neighborhood declaring anger and a conspiracy theory at a local woman State’s Attorney, I began experimenting with the forms on the street and expanding the space around this sign: what is the context? what is the sign in relation to? I found that a language of abstraction could be a tool to answer the initial question – and specific colors became characters in this story about the alleged “crooked woman” : the orange traffic-law violation, the phlegm- yellow newspaper frames, the sidewalk and road with its accompanying shapes of planted green polygons, red patterned crosswalks, and the brown verticals waiting by the local bus stop.
The project localizes an investigation of how knowledge is compounded from images and their materials. The group of works from this series is an observation of paranoia in contemporary society and how that can narrate a story about gender, politics and our social and built environments.
In this work, I was interested in the parallel stories of women in public space, both as active public figures but also in the micro experience of what it’s like to have someone put their body in front of you while you are walking through space.
Untitled, acrylic on paper, various sizes