Rewriting the Signpost: Memories of Misdirection

Abstract

"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.



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Martie Geiger-Ho, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

Paper Information
Conference: ACAH2013
Stream: Arts & Humanities

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