I am interested in the intersection of memorials, ritual and public art, investigating how personal emotional significance is placed on a public space and how this emotional resonance can be manifested in public artwork. Road tattoos are a result of this investigation. Road tattoos? If roads are considered the skin of a community, then a road has a similar relationship to the public body as skin does to the private body. If people mark their skin as a means of commemoration, communication or ritual; then a road can be marked for the same reasons.
Placed at locations of individual or community significance, road tattoos are composed of cultural designs previously appropriated to mark skin. Specific information is added then painted over while a locally written nondenominational prayer is said. Subtle, usually close in color to the roadway they are made with high-gloss latex causing them to appear and disappear with passing light. Eventually traffic and weather conditions dissolve them into the road.
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