Object Lessons

 

Object Lesson, ongoing - begun 2015

One Chapter from The System Is Not Fool Proof

Object Lessons

Focuses on destruction of land.  As we consume the earth’s resources to manufacture and power ‘invented-needs’ consumer products, we destroy terrestrial ecosystems.  These often ignored pieces of our contemporary culture are then consigned to land fills, further continuing this devastation.

In response I enshroud discarded small appliances in old linen, a manner historically used to prepare the dead for burial.  This meditative process ‘neutralizes’ this detritus of our consumer society, much as an oyster coats an irritant with layers of nacre, creating a pearl.

 

 

       Object Lesson                                ongoing - begun 2015

  • discarded small appliances
  • used linen bed sheets

 

photographs / video
Sophia Burke

 

 

Remote & Obsolete

 

Remote & Obsolete, ongoing - begun 2015

One Chapter from Object Lessons

Remote & Obsolete

When this investigation began, I was intrigued by the ritual, the problem solving, the physical, repetitious labour and of course the transformation. As a generalist, I enshrouded almost any discarded small appliance.

The disproportionate supply of kitchen appliances resulted in a focus on kettles, toasters, pots and irons. Because they have distinctive forms and are part the constant minutiae of everyday life, I assumed that they would resonate universally.

I was wrong.

The powerful combination of textiles, sewing and domestic appliances overwhelmed most men's capacity to observe, absorb and interact. For these men this project was 'women's work' and thus dismissed.

 

 

I thought of all of the hours I had spent watching men projecting slide shows and home movies. But the enshrouded projectors were dismissed as old technology. A skill saw was viewed as working class.

However with remote controls there was a small flicker and a laugh. Finally it was with stereo electronics I was able to engage most men.

At this time I am willing to shift my focus specifically to capture these men's attention, because  they still hold the power that is destroying our natural world.

So for now I am a specialist enshrouding:

  • remote controls
  • entertainment electronics
  • film & slide projectors
  • flash lights

 

       Remote & Obsolete          ongoing

      -   begun 2015

  • discarded small appliances
  • used linen bed sheets

 

photographs
Sophia Burke