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Paisley Alice Randell Shillabeer

Inspired by my family’s rituals and their relationships with their possessions, which are often fetishized and collected en masse, my work reveals the surreal and fantastical amid the ordinary ‘things’ that make up the fabric of our lives. It’s this reluctance to part from objects which has inspired me to make use of the useless, transform the broken and reinvent the repetitive. The works themselves take on a performative nature, often capturing the passage of time.

Through these outcomes we are forced to confront themes of excess, grief, death, Capitalism and throwaway culture; in the face of things which have become ‘unusable’. This encounter with the everyday in a surreal or abject context evokes the uncanny and invites the viewer to question their own relationship with the objects that surround them.

On your face, 2021