i found this canvas in the trash, it was broken but i still liked it so i took it home
i actually really like the shape of the gash, so i was thinking of underlining it or highlighting it in some way, with paint or ink or maybe tape, but then i thought of sewing it back together
i was just doing this as personal activity. Thinking back again of activism and the reference i had as starting point, the subconscious art of graffiti removal, i watched this documentary again.
Here, the successfully removed pieces are divided in three main categories, symmetrical, ghosting, and radical. The pieces categorized inside ghosting are those in which the graffiti was removed by following its path
this way of removing graffiti hides and at the same time enhances the previous piece after creating a new one.
the government workers that create these pieces are not conscious of their artistic value, for them, graffiti removal is "cleaning" the city, graffiti is considered as destruction or damage of public property, these workers are "repairing" these damages but in a really specific way, as it can be seen in ghosting were the "damages" are followed and enhanced while being repaired
the color choices for example showcase this enhancement, a lot of graffiti removed pieces have completely different colors from the wall theyre painted on
i finished "repairing" the canvas and i thought of looking for other damaged or broken objects i could work with and explore this idea of ghosting, that tries to "hide" something and it does but at the same time enhances it