52.5 x 58 cm / 20.5 x 23 in
Paper on Cabinet Door
Characters from the Mario world from a Portland magazine on summer camp colored paper from San Francisco on lottery reciepts and expired scratch-offs from Sol Plaza, Madrid on a found cabinet door.
The collection of the materials pushed me into the piece. First, I asked a street lottery ticket vendor for his clear trash bag of lottery tickets. I explained that I was going to use them in an art project and he was happy to hand them over; they were garbage after all. Then, the cabinet door was attractive for its knob (on the backside) that acts as a natural anchor. Its twisted latch and metal tag give it character. Filling up "the number one" started with a struggle to manage the space, and at a certain point, something posessed me and carried me to the finish line.
Video games give us a feeling of invincibility when we respawn after death as if nothing happened. The lottery feels similarly. Here, characters who are accustomed to infinity second changes fight for those extras lives; while they are stuck in mortality.