The cassette has transformed over the years from a functional music medium into a visual pop art object. The home recorded cassette mix tape was a revolution in editing and personalising of music and became a deeply intimate object passed between millions of friends with hand written inlays, stickers and painted covers. This capacity for personalization and re-recordable function helped embed the cassette tape into peoples hearts allowing it to transcend its simple functionality. Some think it has a face. The cassette tape now invades a variety of formats including clothing, jewellery and of-course graffiti art.
The idea to stencil the junction boxes started when I finished painting a mural with a youth group, I noticed that the only part of the mural that wasn’t covered was the ubiquitous green boxes in front of our piece. I asked my contact on the council to see if I could carry on with the art over the boxes-she said ‘do you want to do them all?’ she didn’t have to ask me twice..
The boxes were mainly ignored and often a bit scruffy, we agreed this would be a great way to liven them up and give people something cool to look at and add to Brighton.
As a community artist I work with a variety of youth groups and needed to think of a shape to demonstrate how an image could be effectively stencilled on to the boxes as part of a youth arts project. The cassette was a natural choice and has been a reoccurring theme in my artwork over the years, I’ve made cassette furniture sculptures, paintings, and even a cassette super hero costume for a house party we threw – that’s where the name cassette lord came from. Most super heroes can command something useful like fire or animals, I thought it would be a laugh to be the lord of cassettes.