Monthly Archives: March 2014
COMFORT THROW 2013 – (Community category)
Facial tissues, red & white wine, placemats, baking paper, thread, gesso, photo-media on paper and toilet tissue.
Facial tissues have been woven, sewn, threaded, plated and also cast into solid cubic forms. The cube represents the manifestation of the intangibility of emotions and its form follows the functional tissue box shape indicative of within and without, the inside contents of which shape the form. Photo-media has been incorporated compositionally for its balance to the more abstracted surrounding squares which all combine to form the patchwork quilt overall effect. The images themselves are of the cast tissue cubes and the woven red wine hollow cubes, wine glasses and toffee. The toffee has been included as symbolic of personal failure in a domestic setting and combines with the placemat to indicate the third place which is missing in my family. The plated toilet tissue which frames the work is a safety line/rope and indicates that moment when facial tissues simply don’t perform to facilitate the need during an emotional outpouring.
The comfort blanket viewed on the wall as an artwork provokes the legitimacy of the craft versus art debate. It hovers off the wall which shows that emotion casts its own shadow. It has its own hanging system which requires the wall mdf piece to be screwed in at three places the orientation of which is indicated on the plank itself and screws have been provided. Finally, the comfort throw (mounted on another mdf piece) simply slots in with a spacer at the bottom to allow for an even hover off the wall.
GRAVITY 2013 – (Element of building/Large sculpture category)
Facial tissues treated with red and white wine and other found materials including; discarded timber, placemat and chain.
‘Gravity’ 2013 combines research upon three variants of the word ranging from a physics orientation, regarding the natural force of attraction between any two massive bodies, grave consequence, seriousness or importance, and solemnity or dignity of manner. The composition of the final result includes building elements and humanoid form as representational of the performance of an action of emotional burden and the stacking of responsibilities. The effect is one of building tension between the ground up cubic forms and the dangling ones and an overall sense of weight, balance and work.
COMFORT 2013 – (Open category)
Found discarded chair, facial tissues, red and white wine, fabric, fabric netting
The fluffy slipper’s, chair and blanket reflect that which is suggested in the title of the work, comfort. Red and white wine are used as symbolic materials of that which is sought during times the need for comfort. The facial tissues are baked or burned to various degrees as achieved with the wine suggesting failure in the domestic sphere and toward that of relationship losses. The rust is indicative of the passing of time and the lasting effects of these said losses upon a person. Ideally, the composition of the installed work would include the curtain barrier with some backlighting either positioned in front of a window or otherwise lit. This is conceptually important as it indicates the vulnerability and the perception of transparency encountered in a tortured soul.
The provided images depict this work within the dimensional requirements of 2 metres squared and shows the textures which can be appreciated better with strong lighting. Please view this as a guide.