My practice focuses on re-creating and transforming personal and domestic objects in the form of installations and found-object sculptures. I am particularly interested in themes of failure and fragility within a social and political context. My project is to explore how consumerist culture and capitalist society shape our interests and manufacture our values; objects are therefore, no longer necessarily produced and sold because of their function, but because of the symbolic meaning linked to them. Philosophers and writers that influence my work include: Michel Foucault, Karl Marx and Jean Baudrillard.

 

    I employ everyday objects that are by design neither luxurious nor expensive. They are objects which we use everyday: such as shoes, glasses, foil, etc...objects which we have, knowingly or not, grown dependent on using. I am interested in the dual relationship between these mass-produced objects with regard to their manufacture by humans and our dependency on them. Even though personal memories, traces of identity, and family backgrounds can sometimes be embedded in objects; in today’s world of mass produced objects, they are nonetheless circulated and defined in the capitalist system of values. That is to say, one’s memories and identity are vulnerable and moldable by the mechanisms at work in consumerist culture. Such vulnerability seems to be used as a fuel to further generate a sense of alienation, loss, and ongoing consumeristic need that can never be satisfied, situated, or given any rest in a routine life.  My aim is to capture this commodified sense of vulnerability by using objects as “mirrors” reflecting an image of life.

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