The installation at Designers Guild
is a re-creation of Baroque-style banquet I was commissioned to
make at Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing - the country retreat of 18th century
architect Sir John Soane.
Making the banquet was a way of creating a ‘live’ event
for the busts. Although at a glance seemingly opulent and luxurious,
in fact all the banquet objects are cheap, every-day items like
plastic flowers, fruit and cutlery, beer cans, paper plates, charity
shop glasses and discarded packaging such as take-away cups, chocolate
boxes and cigarette packets. Coating these disparate items in plaster
gives them not only uniformity but also an air of sophistication.
But in fact this is a kind of ‘anti-luxe’ which has
become a key concept as the busts collection has developed.
See the exhibition at Pitzhanger
See the whole Plaster