My work revolves around notions of reproduction and representation. I work with mass-produced objects that depict animals or the natural, objects that offer a contrary, often inconsistent meeting of nature and artifice. Through a process of making and unmaking I create replicas, translating these objects into the complicated realm of simulacrum, asking whether there ever was an ‘original’ or only the copy of a copy.
My work explores parallels and interplay between areas that may at face value seem disparate such as toys, taxidermy, zoos, pets, museological taxonomies, figurines, souvenirs and scientific specimens. I investigate our naturalised relationship to animal imagery, challenging our co-opting of these images into the realm of the spectacle.
By using casting and printmaking in combination with 3D scanning and 3D printing the surface of the object moves between the three dimensional and the two dimensional, oscillating between flat cartoon imagery and hollow interiors. Working in this way I pull together languages of perceived high and low culture: children’s toys become ceramic figurines that hover between luxury object and slipcast multiple; kitsch cats that sit on decorative ceramic plates are sliced to reveal cartoon innards.
A tension between the interior and the exterior runs throughout the work. There is an anxiety around what lies within, whether these objects are indeed all surface. Through the blurring of surfaces into skin, that become public exteriors and, conversely, domestic interiors that shift into bodily innards, the supposed emptiness of the multiple is thrown into doubt. Objects move between the inanimate and the animate, raising questions around agency and disposability.
Modes of presentation are integral, objects are removed from their original context, dematerialised, decontextualized, dimensions reduced. They are placed in insular vacuums, their forms are isolated, referencing museological and digital taxonomies and questioning the hierarchy of objects.