Intro Text

State of Mine

Installation Personal
Me­dia: 2700 of 1 inch badges
Di­men­sions: 135×110 cm.
Cre­ated: 2007
Cour­tesy of Rip­ley’s. Or­lando, FL.

'S­tate of Mine' is a self-por­trait that at­tempts to rep­re­sent a vi­sion of var­i­ous in­for­ma­tion about the artist, his ‘in­for­ma­tion con­tents,’ such as the mul­ti­plic­ity of his thoughts, in­ter­ests, de­c­la­ra­tions, key mem­o­ries. Artist had cre­ated a set of graph­ics to il­lus­trate all of these as­pects, the char­ac­ter as a sys­tem of signs — a lan­guage to be used as a tem­plate for the cre­ation of his ‘in­for­ma­tion’ por­trait, that could be used to de­scribe him.

 As a re­sult there were pro­duced about 2,700 badges, with a range of around 200 unique sym­bols. Badges seemed a per­fectly ap­pro­pri­ate medium to use here, as they usu­ally dis­play a sub­ject with which their owner iden­ti­fies him­self. Each sym­bol - badge was placed so that its arrange­ment cre­ated his phys­i­cal por­trait along­side him­self in terms of in­for­ma­tion. The works name also de­scribes the idea it­self, play­ing on the eng­lish ex­pres­sion “state of mind”, which means a con­crete con­di­tion as to where some­one is at a spe­cific time. A men­tal state is a kind of state or process only pos­sessed by and unique to think­ing and feel­ing be­ings. Such a de­f­i­n­i­tion of an ob­jec­t’s con­di­tion pro­vides its con­cep­tual con­tents, that cre­ates a self-por­trait where each badge and its arrange­ment vi­su­alises the au­thor’s per­son­al­ity in the pe­riod of cre­ation.

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