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The Trinity

Stephanie Cunningham's avatar Stephanie Cunningham

The Trinity consists of 3 balloons that suggest public surveillance through iconography and placement within the environment. The paranoia or comfort we feel about surveillance relates directly to who we believe is watching and for what purpose. This perception may affect our behavior. One balloon depicts an all-seeing eye, the next depicts a camera, and the third depicts a drone. These suggest the evolution of the eye. The reflective lens size on each is consistent to suggest a unified force. A slightly varied image is printed on either side of each balloon in which only the “power button” changes position. The physical presence of the three balloons is imposing due to their large volume; the scale alone suggests authority. Yet, they are just balloons that we usually associate with celebration and fun. The form and iconography raise questions of whether the watcher is a protector or punisher or even present.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 7 ft
  • Medium: vinyl balloons
  • Width: 7 ft
  • Year created: 2019
  • Height: 7 ft