White Plates

In order to appreciate the mundane, we must remove these objects or experiences from the everyday context in which they are familiar. We must learn to value the aesthetics of the ordinary. This can only be achieved not by looking, but through seeing. It is important to develop an understanding of the objects that we are so commonly associated, this is acccomplished by raising the status of the everyday into the visual world. Through methodical documentation, the mundane is transformed to the monumental. These objects that were once considered too boring for artistic attention, are appreciated for their aesthetic qualities as sculptural objects.

White Plates engages the register of the domestic, repurposing these institutional items beyond the constraints of their functionality. The rigid aesthetics of the object are reflected through uniformity. This sculptural piece is a response to the banality of the everyday. Compiled in a stack, there is a sense of re-ordering in a controlling and systematic manner, creating an absurd topographical study. The plates are suspended in place with a wire cable, acting as a support to prevent a collapse of this order. This piece is not concerned with the origins of the object, understanding the collection of plates to exist as one entity. However, the disruption in the sculptural form emphasises the individuality of each object.

Through the visual, White Plates places a banal object with a seemingly bland aesthetic into a new context. Juxtaposed with the photographic, the relationship between object and image can be analysed in relation to materiality. The imaginative possibilities are explored, challenging the notion that the plate solely exists as a functional object.  The purpose of the plate shifts from practical to aesthetic. Presenting multiplicities of this common object illustrated through repetition, there is emphasis on the value of the mundane.