Photo Credit: Sally Kidall
This site-specific installation consists of three traditional wooden deck chairs grouped together and positioned looking out to sea. One has a woven barbed-wire seat while the other two have wire supported grass-turf seats. The turf would respond to the surrounding environment during its display and may grow or die over the three weeks depending on the weather; but the structure would remain stable for the duration of the show. The inconclusive resolution to this piece is key to its concept.
By reproducing this familiar manufactured product, a symbol of leisure and relaxations, placing it out of context and making it from inappropriate materials, I endeavour to confront/play-with the visitor’s perceptions and thinking.My inspirations for this work lie in the writing’s of Clive Hamilton in his book Affluenza, When Too Much is Never Enough He explores the ecologically unsustainable behaviours of our communities in satisfying their hunger/cravings for processions & wealth.
'Af-flu-en-za n. 1.The bloated, sluggish & unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste & indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the Australian dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.'(affluenza.org)
120cm x 120cm x 200cm
timber deck chairs, barbed wire, hessian, compost, grass seed