Artwork / Everything’s Fine / Yearn Signal

figure with a multi-colored column of traffic lights for a head
Gwenn Seemel
Yearn Signal
acrylic on panel
20 x 10 inches


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What do the colors on this extra-tall traffic light mean? How does the pose of the figure make you feel?

Stop, go, and slow: traffic lights are so good at communicating these straightforward messages. If just one light breaks down, so does the flow of vehicles, and the same is true for the infinitely more complex information we try to send to each other in our daily lives. Stop, go, and slow might be the most important messages to convey at the intersection between my life and someone else’s, but I like to imagine a full rainbow directing all interpersonal traffic.

What is the one thing you want most to communicate to others when they intersect with you?

You can watch the making of Yearn Signal here.