Victoria Fuller | 2001
North County Transit Center
Painted steel, acrylic panels, found objects
6′ 5″ h. x 8′ w. x 2′ d.
The silhouetted figures of a man walking his dog are outlined by red, steel frames and sided with flat, transparent panels. The figures are see-through containers that clearly display the objects piled inside. Filled with tennis balls, the dog has a one-track mind, while the man, filled with gadget, tools, and cheap consumer goods, tells a more complicated story.
I Want! mirrors the consumerist spirit rampant in contemporary life. Yet the delightfully engaging man and dog, each obsessed with the objects of their desire, convey their message by showing rather than telling.
In constructing her sculptures, Victoria Fuller often assembles ordinary artifacts in unexpected ways. Sometimes the objects become construction units and are cast in aluminum, but oftentimes she uses the actual objects as metaphors to support a theme. Fuller tweaks viewers’ perceptions of themselves, and uses humor and irony to comment on society and culture.
Commissioned by Arts in Transit for Metro Transit St. Louis.