Two pieces of sculptural work I made in my small flat during 2020 lockdown.
They relate to Furniture design, Metamorphosis, exchange and making meaning through sculpture and fiction.
Learning how to write to you on Sundays (Parasitical grammar)
Constructed entirely from found material. (open source .stl files included) ‘Learning about how to write to you on Sundays’ is a piece that is coerced by structures and processes. A metamorphism of sorts. The legs of the desk are made using digital design processes and additive technologies. Allowing the morphing of a number of sculptural busts into a pillar like structures to support the upper part of the desk. The process is nearly complete.
These types of desks are popular in Victorian era based upon the davenport style desk or a campaign desk. Made to be easily transportable. A flat or titled writing section is supported by architectural consoles or corbels. For the sculptural work they are sourced from using open stock designs from online 3D scanning achieves, including the British museum. The human image in stone became inanimate. Then through further replicative technologies it has been transcended into digital data using 3d scanners, to exist in the non-material world. Growing and dividing beyond measure. Animated. The next step suspends this process and bring it back to a material context. To suggest its becoming for utility of daily life.
Never been to dinner table.
Is like all of the work produced during Covid-19. Lockdown: The components for the piece are sourced under ‘lockdown restrictions’ which means they were encountered in a short distance from where I live. This also means the materials mostly came to me. This challenged my connection to things we make and the meaning they make. These items that I came across lined up with notions of allegory and language. In my mind they began to have direction. Quietly. The categories within the work settle into their position of the ‘whole’ yet inwardly complexify. To me this is essentially what allegory does? I have been reading ‘Staying with the problem’ by Donna Harroway around the time of making. The pigeon is a recurrent feature in some the works I’ve produce as sort of reminder of network. The pigeon crosses boundaries, societal, geographic, domestic. They have been involved in war and sport. I sort of wanted to let them connect some of the relationships in the work also. Harroway explores the Anthropocene, Capitalocene and Chtulucene. The last ‘cene’ being her optimism. Of a better co-existence with the rest of ecology. Which was interesting for me reading the bleak Cthulhu inhabited worlds of H.P love craft. (She drops the second H on purpose), to make new associations away from the old. Each ‘actor’ in my piece is looking in their own direction. Which creature walks on four legs in the morning two legs in the afternoon and three legs in the evening? Ideas spread and take hold, adapt and belong, Like the feral Pigeon they inhabit where they can.