Rebecca D Harris
Natural Blondes, - 2012
Continuing with my scrutiny of materiality and object-hood these wall based eroticised manufactured assemblages are made from lies, fake hair and the toe from a pair of 'natural' tights.
They form part of a body of work in which I have been researching into the commodity fetishism, in particular the home improvement or D.I.Y materials. Marxist commodity fetishism comments on how society projects certain values onto objects manufactured for consumption. People no longer make what they need, stuff is made by a face-less worker and market value is thus bestowed upon it. What interests me with the D.I.Y consumerism is the halting of labour, suspending its manufacture and turning this into a item for sale in which the consumer then becomes the labourer to 'finish the job'. Some of the objects I make interrupt this use, brand new objects destined for the anatomy of the home are now reconfigured into the guise of art.
This work is being constructed into a flat-pack, do it yourself art work. A box will contain all the materials and instructions needed for the purchaser to complete one 'Natural Blonde'. Thus returning art back into the guise of D.I.Y.
60cm x 45cm x 2cm
tights, synthetic hair and panel pins
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