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In looking at the issues that surround communal identity, I have come to the conclusion that memory and history are paramount. We each need to be able to identify ourselves with someone or something, which helps us to build associations. Associations of religion, ethnicity, gender, age, and culture help us define ourselves. Moreover, we can build a sence of community from these associations. Memory is vital in that it perpetuates recall and discourse through communal reflection. This dialogue is what develops history. History in the sence that we want to find our place within the grand scheme of life. We then have a place in which we may always be able to return physically, mentally, or spiritually. The signage I depict in my work deals with issues of identity, relevance, memory, history, and community. I see these signs as monuments of life in an urban environment. They are manifestations of memory and history that carry with them all the baggage of time. They are beckons that have a life of their own. They are born, they live, and they die, yet they remain relevant as memory. The memory and history of a people serves as a basis for communal identity.

1gloco.jpg

jenningspaintfloorco.jpg

goodlucks.jpg

lottsmortuary.jpg

hendersonschicken.jpg

unclaimedfreight.jpg

1baccus.jpg

1grahams.jpg

1demco.jpg

5_forest.jpg

williams.jpg

greyhound.jpg

yellowcabco.jpg

majestic.jpg

friedmansdrugstore.jpg

deepellum.jpg