(f)utility tools   2021

In this project, I strip tools of their utility to playfully look at the relationship of usefulness and value. 

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? This project lightheartedly suggests that existence may be enough, and our value, intrinsic. 

double hammer standard.jpg

double hammer

coner paint roller standard.jpg

corner paint roller

G-Clamp standard.jpg

G-clamp

circular rake edit standard.jpg

circular rake

roller-step ladder standard.jpg
fork tipped pitch fork standard.jpg

fork tipped pitch fork

ball peen standard.jpg

ball peen screwdriver

roller-step ladder

closed loop hose standard.jpg

closed loop hose

L. handle hatchet standard.jpg

L handle hatchet

lateral wheel barrow edit standard.jpg

lateral wheel barrow

self contained extension cord standard.jpg
ultra light shovel standard.jpg

ultra light shovel

self contained extension cord

shovel handled pick axe standard.jpg

shovel handled pick axe

frying man hole cover standard.jpg
large tooth saw standard.jpg

large tooth saw

frying man hole cover