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loud objects

laser engraved porcelain

12x24"

2017-ongoing

in the ongoing series loud objects, I build on an interest in the space between public and private self-expression by referencing and memorializing the history and form associated with the protest sign. using porcelain slabs and acrylic panels as the base for textual engravings, as well as a personal translation of language from writings by literary and philosophical writers across the 20th and 21st centuries, I create precious and polyvocal speech acts that call to both long-standing and growing collective concerns, especially those compounded by the social and environmental fallout of recent years. these loud objects are made to exist in private, as well as in a range of public spaces where the engraved phrases are able to generate new associations dependent on their current environment, and exist as provocative, multivalent monuments to both individual and shared anxieties.

primary references:

Rachel Weidinger, Polyvocal narrative strategy: turning many voices into durable change

Elena Carrera, Reading from the Whale's Belly

Fred Moten, consent not to be a single being

Clarice Lispector, Agua Viva

“What am I in this instant? I’m a typewriter making the dry echo in the dark, humid dawn. I haven’t been human for a long time. They wanted me to be an object. I am an object. An object dirty with blood. An object that creates other objects and the machine creates us all. It makes demands. Mechanisms make endless demands on my life.

 

But I don’t totally obey: if I have to be an object, let me be an object that screams."

Clarice Lispector, Agua Viva