'Went for Netflix and Chill - Ended up with a Law Degree'
Included in Isthisit? issue 6 launched on the 31st January 2019 at Space in London. A downloadable pdf can be found at:
"The sixth issue of the isthisit? book contain artworks and essays from 37 artists, writers, curators and collectives. Over the past few years the series has touched upon a variety of topics, from the rise of memes and appropriation on the internet to how forms of Artificial Intelligence have and will continue to be utilised within homes and various industries throughout the world. The sixth issue considers the importance of the news, questioning why fake news and alternative facts have become throwaway catchphrases, overwhelming and frightening to the mainstream media whilst enabling small groups and organisations to spark outrage and anger by manipulating imagery and falsifying realities."
'Changes in the soil composition: this land is your land', 2020
In the 1970’s crop circles began to appear in the English countryside. Perfect geometric shapes emerged with the dawn, entering the public consciousness as extraterrestrials, hoaxes, or artist expressions. the crop circles tapped into the zeitgeist of the moment; to social anxieties that were present on a mass scale. For the 1990s this was the paranormal:
Artist text for Paul Chappellier solo show at SET, London, 2019
Live edge, or natural edge, is a style of furniture that retains or incorporates the raw edge of a piece of wood. The father of Live edge, George Nakashima, believed “each tree has its own destiny to be achieved”; Nakashima’s post-world-war-2-modernist-craft-movement emphasised the unique nature of each piece of wood using only ‘solid wood’ for its “honest and real” qualities. Each piece is crafted to its own unique properties where slight variations are not ‘product flaws’ but features that highlight its individuality and speak to its quality. Used to assert social status, the handmade craft of each item is part of a hierarchical value system that reveres an ‘authentic’ original; Live edge furniture serves to function as Nature entering the domestic and corporate spaces of Culture.
Enter the contemporary era and Nakashima’s designs are reinterpreted, copied and reproduced multiple times, used by decorators, DIYers, B+Q, interior design reality tv shows and found in hotels, furniture stores and living rooms. Nakashima’s ‘honest and real’ wood, marketed originally for its authenticity, lives alongside its copies and reproductions, displacing Live edge as a unique object to include the artificial materials and glossy resins of its counterparts. Reproductions that through their accessibility and their standardisation through commercial platforms, serve to disrupt aesthetic hierarchies; what was once reserved for the elite can now be accessed by all who have access to the internet.