Slumber, 2017 (detail views)
Obsolete and discarded objects, paper, cotton, thread, salt. Dimensions variable. Photography by Matthew Stanton.
Slumber takes inspiration from the Japanese practice of Hari-Kuyo, a mortuary rite held annually for everyday objects that have ceased their useful life. The work incorporates a range of items that were deemed obsolete, worn out or without utility by the people who owned them. Each object has been ceremonially wrapped in paper and cotton—some then embalmed in salt—as if prepared for a rite of separation. Through the use of funerary rituals the work attempts to honour objects of material culture as they pass from a ‘useful’ life into a social death.