Oh no, not me

plastic bags, wood, paint
variable dimensions
2015

Masks and costumes, mainly copied from collections in Western museums, are reproduced by weaving together plastic bags. The masks are displayed on wooden stands made from sections of a recreation of the iconic modernist Rietveld chair. The interwoven associations create a critical material and associative dialogue between European modernisation and its on-going impact on other cultures. The work finds analogies between the bags that transport items from one state to the next – store to home – and the masks which are now objects adrift but once used in sacred rites of passage, from one state to the next-boyhood to man, life to death.

This series of masks was first exhibitied in the exhibition entitled 500 years. The exhibition included three interrelated bodies of work that take the lifespan of a plastic bag as a historical period. Instead of looking forward, however, it looks back to link a period of history that has defined the contemporary age, from the earliest colonisation of the Americas, the Renaissance in Europe and the subsequent modernisation, industrialisation and globalization that pervade contemporary life.

exhibition view 500 years

Let’s take off our masks
And be so
naturelle
Let’s behold
ourselves
And break this evil spell

plastic bags, wood, paint
72×62×58cm
2015

All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they’re here to stay

plastic bags, wood, paint
72×50×47cm
2015

All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they’re here to stay

detail
plastic bags, wood, paint
72×50×47cm
2015

From your skin I am born again

plastic bags, wood, paint
71×61×58cm
2015

A tourist in a dream
A visitor it seems
A half-forgotten song
Where do I belong?

plastic bags, wood, paint
135×168×78cm
2015

Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world

plastic bags, wood, paint
108×60×46cm
2015

Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world

detail
plastic bags, wood, paint
108×60×46cm
2015

I was not caught
Though many tried
I live among you
Well disguised

plastic bags, wood, paint
192×98×94cm
2015