"YOU ARE HERE" declares the red dot on the mall's directory. To shoppers in need of finding their orientation in reference to their immediate surroundings, the bright reference spot is a simple, but important orientation marker. Taking my cue from written signs as place markers, and by association, memory links and cultural indicators, I have fashioned sculptural signposts that are intended to function as conceptual artworks that engage pundets in a kind of memory recall that is suggested through the work's arrangement and display of names and places. Signifying my ideal sense of place in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., my signpost sculpture, Sign-Out, is both a physical and visual representation of the complex layering and association of public landscapes and their boundary indicators. These spaces are designated by believably weathered signs that coerce a sense of nostalgia from actual places, such as the Allegheny Forest. In contrast to this real, albeit edited rural American location, I have created another signpost, Sign-In. This sculpture exhibits an Asian sense of place and reflects my edited version of an exotic sort of paradise where I am now living in Brunei Darussalam, near the South China Sea. Using my newly created and exhibited signpost scuptures as cultural memory markers, I will deconstruct the meaning behind each individual sign element and mixed-media found object that has been worked into the composition of my work. Furthermore, I will analyze how the deconstructed elements speak for themselves within the context of travel writing and cultural theory.
Martie Geiger-Ho, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
Stream: Arts & Humanities
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