All around New York City, in the streets and on the sidewalks, you will find odd, brightly colored spray painted markings. Not grafitti, these symbols actually identify and mark the location of the intricate network of utilities that lie just under the surface of our vast city.
These markings are used to identify telecommunications (orange), electricity (red), gas (yellow), sewer (green), drinking water (blue) and proposed routes (white). While seemingly nonsensical to the public, it’s critical that these underground systems are properly marked prior to any repair or construction project.
While these modern hieroglyphs have their practical use, I was attracted to the striking colors and fascinating shapes. Some were freshly painted while most had already began to fade.
The resulting prints dislodge the symbols from their context, transforming these overlooked and mundane elements into a series of abstractions presented as a tetraptych, an arrangement of four images. My interest is to create an energetic flow among the four images; some undulating, organic and serene while others represent conflict, dynamism and energy.