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It is my aim to explore definitions of objects and their subsequent social application through experimental collaborative and curatorial compositions. My investigation and production is influenced by an aleatoric sensibility uncovered under popular 21st century thinking; observations of Objects wandering with Well-being.
Over the last five years my studio output has been closely linked by unified initial inspiration; a central research question suggested by Quentin Crisp. The problem he puts forth is how, if at all, an object may express its maker to a stranger.
Well, it’s all right if you’re going to learn how to sing or dance. People who have learnt to sing always have richer, rounder voices. People who have learnt to dance always have bigger, bolder gestures. But as for pottery and basket weaving – what good are these? As soon as the doors of the evening institution clang shut behind you, you’re back where you started. On the way home you might get into an argument with a stranger on a street corner and you’re left saying “Well I can’t express myself – you’ll have to see my baskets.” (From An Evening with Quentin Crisp 1981)
As opposed to tackling this question directly I am committed to oblique approaches to generate new angles of understanding. Since 2012 I have been considering the query from a new perspective that I know as The Certainty of Insignificance, a pro-hedonic stance which extolls the imperative of existential exuberance regardless of external evaluation.
What began five years ago in response to Antagonism has developed into reflections on 20th Century concepts of self-expression and an exploration into 21st century concepts of objects; in order to more clearly consider ways of living now, in the century after The Century of the Self.