Thrilled to announce that my work will be appearing at Kimberly Clark Gallery as part of ‘100 Years of OUI’.
Kimberly Clark is a dispenser gallery situated in an undisclosed UK public toilet. Distributing high art on low quality paper hand towels to unexpected users, KC attempts to dismantle the institutional framework, forcing art into our everyday lives.
‘100 years of OUI’ invites artists to reflect and create innovative, original pieces that celebrate Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ 1917. Situated in a gent’s public toilet, Kimberly Clark provides a platform for dialogical exchanges, aiming to create unique viewer experiences.
The gallery setting, I feel, is perfect for my work, partly because of the subject matter of my work but also the effectiveness of its delivery in this gallery environment. Forcing art into our everyday lives through the unsuspecting use of a paper towel dispenser prevents the viewer from escaping the message behind my art. Through my work I aim to highlight the immense pressure put upon social media users to drop their morals, standards and their pants with little regard for their own sexual health – accepting that unsolicited requests to send nudes is part of normal use of social media sites and apps. Users who do this may be able to sit behind screens, protected by their blank profiles and anonymity but through 100 Years of OUI I am able to hit back at users of that mindset and let them know their actions and attitudes are being brought into question.
Included in the show are examples of my sculpture work (pictured top of page); two hearts, one representing a traditional love heart whilst the other is more accurate to the human heart – a metaphor for head vs heart. Picture Message 1&2, abstracted body sculpture work in response to unsolicited photo messages sent daily by strangers to strangers
Pictured below are examples of digital painting, recreations of screenshots taken on social media sites and messaging apps that I found alarming and feel need further questioning in our over sexualised and vacuous society.