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Saturday, 12 December 2009


























Shrine

This installation takes everyday objects, and the industrial materials and processes of their manufacture, and manipulates their material form to reveal function, design and social currency. By reinvesting the everyday with a history of exchange it explores the creative tension between the use of the found object and its cultural and social circulation.
Made from gasoline tins, food drums & fluid containers, Shrine consists of three free standing elements in close proximity: the first ten ‘barrels’, the second a narrower panel made of 90 black gloss ‘cans’, the third a wall of ‘water’ containers. In addition, there is a text-based reference to money and exchange. The work refers to the past ‘content’ of these containers – fuel, food preservative & water respectively – but in a way that implicates them in the processes of personal consumption. I hope this questions what we as individuals and a culture value. By bringing together metaphors for the body and the machine that are usually separated by a hidden series of social, conceptual, political and economic connections, this work personalises - and engages the viewer in an intimate spatial encounter with - their place in economies of exchange and meaning.