FRUIT BOWL 

Studies of Queer life. 

2019

Works available for purchase.

These playful works draw attention to the many experiences that are encountered by homosexual males, as well as openly questioning social constructions of shame, anonymity and sexuality, but in a way that can be viewed as whimsical and lighthearted. Situated in what can sometimes be assumed to be a highly sexualised culture; a culture that can be seen as dangerous and unclean. Added to this that many of these encounters and  experiences happen within a public setting. A reflection of gay cruising culture and party culture weighted with broad assumptions put on the community by those from the outside.

These works are shown in a way that is almost cleansingly clinical compared to the idea of sex or public sexual experiences. Each revealing elements of personal experience yet also refusing to give details, holding onto the anonymity of each encounter. A lighthearted way to show a part of many homosexual’s sexual history that can be viewed as negative, problematic and confronting. Drawing on slightly different aspects of gay culture but ultimately interpreting common experiences into a playful representation, documenting aspects of queer life.

Fruit Bowl (Finalist Wallace Art Awards 2019)

570 x 380 x 360

White ceramic bananas presented in a white ceramic urinal. 

 

Playful work revealing elements of personal experiences yet also refusing to give details, holding onto the anonymity of each encounter through the clean clinical look of white porcelain compared to the idea of sex or public sexual experiences referenced by each hand sculpted banana.

Fruit Bowl II

(2020 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D, Craigs Investment Partners Art Award) 

545 x 330 x 350

White ceramic bananas presented in a white ceramic urinal. 

 

Playful, whimsical and lighthearted work openly questioning social constructions of shame, anonymity and sexuality. Revealing elements of personal experiences yet also refusing to give details, holding onto the anonymity of each encounter through the clean clinical look of white porcelain vs the idea of sex or public sexual experiences referenced by each hand sculpted banana.

''White porcelain, so redolent of cleaning and cleanliness, are key to this work’s sly humour. Unlike Duchamp’s famous, bedpan-like object, today’s urinal is more like a wall-mounted vase, here bearing some very strange fruit. So often a stand-in for a body part, the bananas here rigidly overflow their containment, threatening to spill out onto the floor. The artist writes about questioning shame; this work joyously challenges and transcends disapprobation.'' - Ruth Watson 

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