'Unmonumentality and the Dysfunctional Family'
Part of my practice explores sculptural aspects of the 21st Century term: Unmonumental Art that describes the destruction, disintegration, dismantling and fragmentation of obsolete and everyday objects.
“To create is divine, to reproduce is human”
In relation to the Avant Garde and the readymade, artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Isa Genzken, Haim Steinbach and Phyllida Barlow influence the processes of destruction and the work of art in everyday and autonomous objects. The objects in my practice are not a ‘Ready Made’ but a ‘Re make’, and ‘Re contextualising’ the object’s ability, form, Process and function. Plaster, Latex, concrete are all materials that take self-control and conceal the originality of the ready-made object which produces a new function. The relationships create tensions of aesthetics and the structures. Techniques of physically applying heat, smashing, and changing the object’s logic allows a new identity. An example of this is ‘Untitled’ which consists of melted videos that are re-made into a stacked totemic form. The intention is to puzzle the viewer and re configure the form of the sculptures.
The objects on the shelves depict a familiar and also unfamiliar relationship between themselves and the shelf itself. Their compositions re-alter and inhabit the shelf they are placed upon, if the objects are moved they re-configure themselves and the dynamics of their relationships changes. The objects have lost identities, ghostly presences trying to form a group or re-identify themselves such as the wax video which is casted from wax as a re-make and a duplicate of its original form. It is an extinct item through advances in technology, and therefore just a phantom of material, forgotten and melancholy. Although, the shelves provide a chance for the objects to be orphaned and ‘re-homed’ upon these familiar and unfamiliar surroundings.There are class elements in the family, due to their features and structures. The white wax figure symbolises a patriarch or a matriarch, unsure of its gender and identity. It is the most forgotten and oblivious figure in the dysfunctional family; the texture is a ghostly, distorted white spirit set behind the other family members.
It is both an ontological and phenomenological experience that makes the objects ambiguous and more powerful because of its lost gender.