Designed for New Assemblage, Faux Pas Exhbition at Oigall Gallery ( October 2021)
Double, Extra wants to be your opulent dramatic, dancing creature that has naturally emerged from A Life on our planet and could scurry away with your belongings at any moment. Four gnarled and twisted legs gracefully support two oddly shaped domes, adorned in gold leaf. Teetering on the edge of being conspicuously kitsch, before convincing one that it is deeply beyond.
Beneath its auspicious gold coating, Double, Extra's asymmetrical form and texture resemble a look of kneaded dough, an unwary nod to the gilded and heavy moldings of the baroque era. Whilst missing the mark of the detailed elaborate ornamentation of the golden era of furniture making, the sheer amount of unnecessary space it consumes and attention it seeks plays on its aspiration to be an expression of grandeur and desire.
By rejecting much respected qualities of subtly, restraint and seamlessness, Double, Extra unashamedly evokes a sensual delight. Leaving questions such as “but, what is it?” respectfully unanswered.