No Direction, 2019
Galvanized steel, reflective vinyl, concrete, plastic
Through the concepts of navigation, transportation, and belonging, I explore the human relationship with the built environment. My work reflects on the ways that our experience navigating and inhabiting architecture and public space is mediated through layers of cultural and personal meaning that shape our relationship and behavior within the man-made landscape.
No Direction is inspired by the patterns and symbols in street markings and highway signs and explores our relationship with the symbolism of the automobile and road. The totemic stacked signs in No Direction are activated by the wind, which rotates each layer of sign like a windmill. The signs have no markings; they are in motion yet they provide no direction for transportation. The reflective material is activated at night by the reflected light from passing vehicles and street lamps. Pedestrians and drivers are invited to reconsider their physical engagement with navigation and orientation and the everyday landscape encountered in transit.
Julie Libersat (b. 1981, Tiruvalla, India) is an intermedia artist whose work explores home, navigation, and belonging. She holds an MFA in new media and an MA in Art Education from University of North Texas. Libersat is currently Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX.