America’s Telemarketers Think I am a Girl, 2003
America’s telemarketers have let Sale know that he stills sound like a girl when he answers the phone. Seven short texts and seven interpretive drawings reveal some of the complexities hidden in this mundane series of telephone conversations.
The ambiguity and impossibility of drawing from a series of random, anonymous telemarketer phone calls intrigued Sale, and he began to transcribe the complex, simple and funny exchanges into emotive, interpretative sound waves, finally juxtaposing these two disjointed parts as a way to address the complexity within the series of telephone calls, an electronic marking that is almost impossible to conceptualize. The project was generated for a group exhibition entitled You Still Draw Like a Girl at Six Street Studios in Phoenix, AZ, prior to the enactment of laws limiting telephone solicitations.
Sale wrote “When I answer the phone late at night or early in the morning, I still expect it to be a friend or someone I know. I have to do a quick adjustment when it’s a telemarketer. And each time, I ask myself what I will do. Do I end this quickly? Do I lie? Do I ask to get off their list? Do I mess with them? Do I have fun? Or do I make it worthwhile or not an issue?”