Relics

Digital prints mounted on MDF (Series of 54),

30cm x 40cm,

2017

During my PhD research I gathered packaging material of commodities with names and branding that reinforce dominant gender stereotypes. Ironically, I found it difficult to dispose of the element of the commodity that is made to be thrown away. With a glue-gun, candle wax and a series of sketches produced in the anthropology museum in Cambridge, I made relics of advanced capitalism: our legacy for future generations.

 

Reminiscent of devotional artefacts and ceremonial figures such as totems, votive candles, and janus figures, these relics infer an overvaluation of commodities and packaging. They seem powerful. Made from different types of packing material, and beginning to show signs of age, these Relics are not sacred objects that are preserved for centuries because they are culturally significant. They are waste that cannot be destroyed.