Blue-collar workers, 2018
Copper piping,timber, LMP microcrystalline, wallpaper steamers
Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture Show
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About the work
These lengths of interchangeable copper piping are workers…...they are consumers.
They whistle, hiss and devour all that they touch before expelling out a liquescent matter.
The sticky deposits leak from the gaps in the metalwork forging a new, material landscape; ever shifting and expanding.
‘The paradox of consistency imposed by the plasticity of wax may therefore be understood as the possibility.’
I am interested in the ways in which wax disrupts the movement of unruly forces and a resistance between the water vapour and microcrystalline develops.
There is an out of control nature to steam and the way that it will not behave as a physical, matter based material. As vapour, steam is pervasive and intangible. I am interested in mocking and provoking the physical through the use of steam as a force to create and destroy.
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