(f)utility items 2021
In this conceptual project, I strip commonplace utilitarian items of their utility, disabling them, giving them disabilities, as a way of playing with the idea of value being based on usefulness and functionality.
There is a personal aspect to this work. I have seen friends and family diminish as they age, and go from working and employed to obsolete and rejected from the workforce. In particular, my mother was bedridden and unable to speak for many years. What value does such an existence have apart from its utility? Where is meaning and purpose in life found when we exist but cannot do? My goal with this project is to playfully state that existence may be enough, and our value, intrinsic.