Title

Ticking

Publication Date

Fall 2018

Journal

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

Issue

45

First Page

57

Last Page

64

Department

Art & Art History

Abstract

In this short essay, time and history frame a discussion about the legibility of surfaces and the images or marks we find there. While the surface is often imagined in its most idealistic and pristine form, Kell focuses on the surface aberration, or flaw, to discuss how we make meaning with façades. Using examples ranging from the pavement, the floral mattress, and the still-life painting, the essay is intended to create an entry-point into the materials, methods, and meaning of Kell’s own artistic practice as well as into the practice of looking, more generally. In addition to encouraging a closer look at the surfaces that surround us, the essay is also meant to foster a curiosity in the reader, who may begin to recognize the ways our decorative conventions permit a restrictive vocabulary surrounding the politics of the home.

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