SHE WAS COOKING SOMETHING UP, 2014
She was cooking something up is a kitchen installation where the lady of the house becomes totally preoccupied with food, and is locked in a world where she obsesses about what she can or cannot consume. She confides that she does not eat bread (it bloats her), cannot eat chocolate (it keeps her awake at night), avoids cream cakes (they upset her system), but insists that she is not on a diet. The viewer can become part of her world, sneak into her kitchen and even open her cupboards to see what is hidden within.
This artwork has been created using real weighing scales but has been adapted using silkscreen printed imagery and hand stitched motifs onto cotton. The dial is now in the form of a clock used to represent the time that diets tend to fail, ten past four in the afternoon, when all good resolutions tend to fail….
Guilt Biscuits sit innocently on a laser-cut glass platter. On closer inspection the platter is engraved with words which describe ‘fat’, and the real biscuits are hand stitched with the words ‘GUILT’ and ‘IN CONTROL’. There is a desire to eat the biscuits until one sees that they are stitched with thread.
Solo Gallery, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace & Harrogate (2014)
Guilt Biscuits and Weight a Minute exhibited in:
Textile Art of Today, Touring Exhibition, Slovak Museum, Czech Republic; Romer Floris Art & History Museum, Hungary; Historical Museum, Poland; Tatra Gallery, Slovakia (2015/16)