Select Voices, 2012, graphite on wall, 17' x 11'.


This piece is based on a model of creativity proposed by musician David Byrne—that ideas fit or fill preconceived vessels and spaces. The mural drawn on the back wall is a mirror image of the architectural space of the room. The wall echos the acoustic activity in the room as occupants fill and empty the room with sound. The text printed on the wall beginning with “Select” and “Speak” direct the audience to distinguish between sounds and to add their voices to the noise. “Lowly” refers to the acoustic properties of pitch—that low frequencies distort less than high frequencies when they bounce off the floor. The audience is implicated in the scene.