G’pa’s House Work


This project looks at:
  • Interspecies care
  • Cosy horrors
  • Shared abjections
  • Domestic environmentalism

My grandpa didn’t do housework. This work comes from cleaning his house and thinking about different kinds of housework after he fell and moved into a care home. It looks at human life as part of different ecosystems around one home and new possibilities of living with other life.


1. Kitchen Work: Food Babies



  eatkiss, 2022 
Food around the kitchen shaped around a polystyrene human bust, mouth actions


       

Bulk cooked food babies, 2022, installation.




Food baby 1, 2022, collaged cherryade, grapefruit and pomegrate with feotus.




Food baby 2, 2022, collaged spaghetti, orange and squid with feotus.



Food baby 4, 2022, collaged haribo, bolognese and cherries with feotus. 


   
Food baby 9, 2022, collaged spaghetti, cherryade and orange with feotus.





Harvestime (Safe Ways to Hold a Baby), Cradle Hold, 2022. 
                   
 


Harvestime (Safe Ways to Hold a Baby), Rugby Ball Hold, 2022  
                                                         



Harvestime (Safe Ways to Hold a Baby), Face-to-face Hold, 2022. 

                  

     

2. Bathroom Work: Rivers of Slime





Rivers of Slime, 2022, installation.

 




  Fertilisation, 2022. Screenshot from a Mickey Mouse animation:
The cow becomes a toadstool and the hay becomes manure.




     

Rivers of Slime, 2022, installation detail.






Fertilisation, 2022. The cowshroom opens wide.




       

Rivers of Slime, 2022, installation detail.

 




Fertilisation, 2022.
The manure plunges in.






Rivers of Slime, 2022, installation detail.






Fertilisation, 2022.
In it goes.





Rivers of Slime, 2022, installation detail.

 




Fertilisation, 2022.

New growth.





Rivers of Slime, 2022, installation detail.

 




Fertilisation, 2022. 
New shroom.





Rivers of Slime, 2022, installation detail.






Fertilisation, 2022. Happy mushroom, happy cow.
       

   

3. Beauty Work: Family Vanity





Family Vanity, 2022. Installation detail.
This installation combines make up owned by my family into new
genetically-based foundation, blush and lipsticks to look at cosmetic ancestry.





Genetic-cosmetic-aesthetic makeup, 2021.
Mine, my mother and her mum’s make up mixed to produce new make ups






Family Vanity, 2022. Installation detail.



                

Make up swab, 2021.
Skin shades sampled from old family photos of relatives who have passed away.





  
Family Vanity, 2022. Installation detail.

                       



Family Vanity, 2022. Installation detail.