an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas
As a painter, I revel in the idea of gestation and change. My concept of gestation is that it is the first phase of change, when things are growing, fortifying, preparing to sprout into new beginnings. For me, payphones are a fascinating example of this sort of change. They are little seeds of special potential for communication and the transfer of ideas. As I ponder the wide use of payphones, I realize there is another potential for change, the death of the payphone with the birth of the cellphone. Payphones are ignored and passed by every day unnoticed, despite their specific character, functions and widespread use. These objects that nourish the transformation of various things around us through communication connections are almost like living things in our urban landscape. My wish is to portray the different character of each of these payphones as though they are living. By portraying their character, I want to bring to light the behavior of change and the prominence of these objects everywhere despite how often they are overlooked. By bringing to attention to the behaviors of change I feel it is a small attempt at a part of a larger revolution.
Rachel Skov is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Her website features most of her past and current works.