The Name Change Remains the Same

As part of her artwork “Refresh,” Bay Area artist Kristin Sue Lucas had her name legally changed. Lucas’ work explores the impact of the Web on identity

Central to “Refresh” is the idea that like a Web page in a browser people can be “refreshed” and yet be the same, yet a newer version of the same thing.

Thus the fact that Lucas’ official new name is, letter for letter, exactly the same as her old name, as the image of the newspaper clipping below shows. That is, she has her named legally changed by the courts from “Kristin Sue Lucas” to “Kristin Sue Lucas.”

The art work is being shown as part of the exhibition “Free” at the New Museum in New York City


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