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Tell Me Something I Don't Already Know

 

Carter Kustera

Tell Me Something I Don't Already Know (detail, family washroom)

1999 vitreous china and glaze
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection

Carter Kustera

Tell Me Something I Don't Already Know (detail, family washroom)

1999 vitreous china and glaze
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection
 

Location: Family Washroom, adjacent to Theatre

Carter Kustera’s family washroom, Tell Me Something I Don’t Already Know, is based on information anonymously provided by Arts Center members. Over 900 members sent in their first name and a brief sentence about themselves for use in this project. Kustera harvested such gems as, “Vue is living his dreams,” “Marjorie is a 100–year–old fairy tale princess,” “Bob won’t admit that the squirrel has beaten him,” and “Laura paints the world.” Imagining what each person looked like based on the descriptions, Kustera painted hundreds of silhouettes–humorous, serene, and stern–that cover the walls of the room. The counter, carved into the shape of a profile, supports a clear glass lavatory, while the mirror above is etched with an invitation for viewers to: “Tell me something about yourself that I don’t already know.”