Troy Dugas

Gallery Affiliations: Arthur Roger Gallery, Barbara Archer Gallery, McMurtrey Gallery

Region: South


City / State: Lafayette, LA

I collect unused product labels. Cut or shredded, they produce artwork that appears woven. I use repetition, pattern, symmetry, precision, and scale to distract the viewer from the label’s original purpose. The essential elements of color, shape, and line are utilized in a new way, and the altered context of the source material provides new meaning. The immediacy of the graphic label is transformed into aesthetic sensation and contemplation.

I imagine the work as relics or artifacts, void of artistic ego, left behind by indigenous people from another world. They are filled with meaning and purpose of their own, and possess an undeniable spirituality. Lacking any specific religion, the work reflects the spirit of a scavenger creating his own myths.