Sayre Gomez works across mediums, including painting, sculpture and video, to address themes of perception and representation in the face of patriarchal political systems. The works in this series used a process of layered paint referencing commonplace surfaces, adorned with painted representations of children’s stickers. Recognizable cartoon figures paint a nostalgic portrait of a shared childhood ritual, signifying a time in which children are in a process of examining everything, especially identity. The stickers serve not only as shiny portraits of our favorite icons but also as avatars, externalized and aspirational symbols of self.
BEYOND THE STREETS New York, 2019. Photo by Dan Bradica.