Function Suite (solo exhibition) Marsden Woo Gallery
The starting point for this new body of work was a stack of chairs at the back of a building, a particular type of chair with a powder coated metal frame and a moulded plastic seat. This created a strong association with a certain type of venue and its ever-changing function. A stack of chairs becomes an object, temporarily stored away ready for the next function.
This series has an emphasis on function, and while continuing to make insightful observations into contemporary experience, is more self-referential than previous work has been. As well as her surroundings, the pieces that she has made seem to reflect her personal situation more than others have.
The artist’s interests in her immediate environment and in analysing familiar objects is further embraced in this exhibition by these elements of self reflection and extends to her studio wall. She pins images to it that demonstrate her research and the combining of function and aesthetics. Peeping through the images, the wall has also offered itself up as a surface to cast. Its function is to clad her studio, to create a protective skin, and now it has also been incorporated into a model, removed form its intended context and given an entirely new role and significance.