shelf life 2019

This series of paintings re-contextualises and reconsiders toxic fluids in silhouette and textile. The heavily designed household bottles and vessels contain poisonous, toxic fluids – weed killer, insecticide, mineral spirits and bleach among them. Overlay of fabric designs and textures unexpectedly highlights the forms. Vibrant glomesh, cross stitch and silk kimono are juxtaposed against the vessels’ sinister purpose and contents. Both the vessels and fabrics are designed for human use and seek to beautify our world, albeit in starkly different ways. They also have broader impacts on our lives than their function admits. Visit May Space for Shelf Life exhibition details.