wooden cupboard, zinc flashing, steel food cans.
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Background, history, commissioner of the work
This piece was a work that evolved during the pandemic during 2020 that explores the strangely familiar presence of ordinary domestic objects, presented in unexpected ways. These found objects are chosen for their familiarity and adopted as a starting point for the work. Other made elements are then combined to enhance the idea of 'unfamiliarising the familiar' which has continued to fascinate and provide motivation for new work.
‘Stronghold’ was prepared and worked on periodically during the pandemic when and if I was able to access my studio and reflected on the idea of a household, safe place where we all held up during the quarantine/lockdown. The food cans, project and sink holes, like missiles into the body of the cabinet as if fired from a cannon. The cabinet encased in a protective ‘metal jacket’ takes on the image of an architectural fort, steadfast but vulnerable.