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Access Cover 6, 2019




These wall sculptures represent objects that are called by several names including utility covers, manhole covers, maintenance covers, or my preferred title Access Covers. In this body of work, I examine access covers as objects that are often overlooked or under-considered aesthetically through a perspective that values their aesthetics over their physical purpose.  The patterns of the access covers initially drew my attention, but I quickly also became mesmerized by the various colors, textures, and surface qualities that emerged when I amplified the often more subtle visual aspects of the access covers. The color palettes I tease out of these Access Covers and my choices to use velvet as a material and the word "access" to describe these objects elicit conceptual consideration of appearance, access, privilege, and gendered connotations of hard and soft. This artwork comes ready to hang with a french cleat attached to the back. This artwork is signed on the back.

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sculpture | Dye sublimation print on velvet mounted to carved wood panel with flocking


24.00 x 24.00 x 0.75 in | 60.96 x 60.96 x 1.90 cm

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