My gilded sign works subvert the usual function of signs in order to create a sense of confusion or mistrust about the statements inscribed. These sign works employ the accepted ‘use’ of the monumentalized sign; usually considered a tool to inform and advise then uses it to question the authority of statements and their originator. The use of text here is employed to articulate the possibilities for misinterpretation within a model whose function would seem to be the conveyance of clarity.
The paradox of subverted expectation which forms a common thread throughout my studio practice is used in my sign works to heighten a sense of interruption. The spatial ambiguity of the looking glass works takes on a slightly different trajectory in these sign works. The gilded reflective backdrop to their ornately crafted bold and banal statements moves away from tussles between motifs and marks by focusing on the nature of authority, authorship, and authenticity. These concepts are navigated through the careful arrangement of statements, words, and fonts that issue hollow claims of superior access to knowledge and authority. These sign works comment on the contingency of meaning by generating an experience of disorientation amidst the misleading the appearance of assumed authority.