This body of work is a continuation of Ruth Downes’ passion for reappropriating everyday objects to celebrate their intrinsic beauty. Materials for these thirty ‘wearable’ artworks have been gleaned from a diverse range of sources – from aircraft headsets to coffee capsules. Detritus from nature has also been salvaged to be re-born as a fashion statement. By reimagining these materials she has created works that transcend their utilitarian function, casting them in a fresh light.
The works question our accepted values and how we award status by projecting these everyday materials into the realm of art. They have a preciousness that confounds our expectations irrespective of their humble origins. This is much more than a simple ‘upcycling’ exercise – Downes has an acute awareness of the potential of these materials. Her trademark humour also runs as a thread throughout the exhibition adding a further dimension.
Photo credit – Ruth Downes | A very close shave 2019 | disposable razors
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