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What's Your Name

Sandler, Ilan

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What’s Your Name? identifies NTCI students past and present by reproducing their proper names and handwritten signatures on the sculpture’s stainless steel surface. "What’s Your Name?" is often the first question we ask someone, and by answering we announce ourselves to each other and to the world. During adolescence our relationship to proper names tends to change; a name is no longer something given but something made, crafted and personalized through the deliberate art of the signature. Schools, and particularly high schools, are where the proper name and the signature intersect. Paper and print, which are the core tools of education, become dynamic sculptural forms on which an imprint of students’ public and private identities is inscribed.

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