Connecting Logic

Artist: Laura Sindell

Artist Statement: "I've created Connecting Logic as a focal point for Everett Community College, It represents a convergence of ideas for a place designed for the actual convergence of people. My thought process was this. Factually, Everett C.C. has a diverse and active student body. Historically, it's the oldest community college in Washington. It is important to acknowledge that its original body of knowledge, the library, was lost to fire and has been rebuilt. Also, computers play a huge role in the new library and in student's lives. Creation from fire in my mind is synonymous with ceramics. Pottery is tangible, a 4000 year history of human life on the planet. Pottery is absolutely familiar, for instance, we can match words describing human anatomy to the potter's names for the parts of a jar (one speaks of the '"lip', the 'neck', the 'shoulder', the "belly', the 'foot'), and at the same time it's astoundingly mysterious (think of large storage jars displayed on many historical sites as evidence of ancient daily life brought to light through excavation). Pottery is elemental. I thought about the lost books in the library fire, all that lost text, and I thought, 'Rescue lost words.' I chose simple, valuable, small words of connection and positive assertion that seemingly have no meaning on their own. Their meaning is found in context. Many actually form the basis of the symbolic logic that underlies our computer systems. The words are printed in fonts from turn-of-the-century metal typefaces found in the surviving college yearbooks. I have juxtaposed these words, pairing one to each Greek storage jar, to create private moments in a public courtyard space, words that you could figuratively take along in your pocket to must upon for the day. 'If,' 'Because,' 'Yet'. They are labels in scientific, curatorial style. Materials selected are the traditional, authentic materials of Roman mosaics, marble tesserae and glass smalti. The mosaic frieze will add dynamic, lasting year-round color to the campus, and it will sparkle in the sun. This labor intensive process adds the elements of time, labor and tenacity to the site. Fabrication will be by master craftspeople in Spilimbergo, Italy."

Location: Parks Student Union (North Side)

Related Information: The artwork was commissioned through the Art in Public Places percent-for-arts program and is owned by the Washington State Arts Commission. Funding for the project was associated with the construction of Shuksan Hall. Connecting Logic was moved from the south side of the Parks building to the north side during the summer of 2010. This relocation was necessitated due to the construction of the Parks Café.

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