The piece entitled 'Ground Control' depicts an image of a woman carrying a retro television of which pours out the... Read More
The piece entitled 'Ground Control' depicts an image of a woman carrying a retro television of which pours out the galaxy with planets spilling out of the TV and into the edge of the foreground. The retro TV and dated attire of the woman are reminiscent of the 50s and 60s while the galaxy and the planets are timeless elements. The manner in which the TV is held (much like a handbag or material object) emphasizes the idea of television being part of consumerist culture. "Ground Control' refers to being the "personnel and equipment that direct the flight and landing of an aircraft or spacecraft", in a metaphorical sense a television is very similar to that of ground Control, as the TV is a piece of equipment that is run by various personnel that 'direct' and 'monitor' what the general population consume based on what they broadcast. Unlike planes, humans do not 'take flight' or 'land' rather they are impressionable and so instead they are influenced and what the media feeds them takes 'flight' into their mind that ultimately lands into an opinion or specific viewpoint. The retro elements refer to a time when TV was censored and more limited in the freedom of what could be shown thus the 'timeless' element of the galaxy and planets leaving the TV (a symbol of breaking the supposed '4th wall') represents the idea of universal truth always finding a way out.