This series is a commentary on interior decoration as a form of art and art as a form of interior decoration. Here, décor is the subject of the art rather than the context in which it is displayed. In these works, images of real life are juxtaposed against a lifestyle marketed to consumers by magazines devoted to fashion, food, décor, travel, celebrity, health and fitness.
The western world is driven by a materialistic culture which indoctrinates us to be discontent with what we have and who we are. Our bodies, our belongings, our abilities, our relationships―nothing can never be good enough. We are compelled to feed an insatiable appetite for more, more, more…
Although the works in this series question the moral position of marketing an arguably unattainable American Dream to an instant gratification-addicted, debt-stricken society, they also celebrate beauty, harmony and diversity. I have studied fashion and textile design. I am attracted to the richness of colour, the music of pattern and the sensuousness of cloth. As a visual artist, I appreciate and celebrate the beauty inherent in all things―especially the old, the abandoned, the broken and neglected. The dichotomy of décor and decay in Feature Wall asks us to question how we determine our values.