DAWN WOOLLEY

The Relics series was made as the threatening counterpoint to the bright glossy appeal of Lure. Reminiscent of devotional artefacts and ceremonial figures such as totems, votive candles, and janus figures, these relics connote an overvaluation of commodities and the ideological social values disseminated by product packaging. They seem powerful.

 

Made from different types of packing material, and beginning to show signs of age, these relics are not sacred objects that are preserved for centuries because they are considered to be important, rather they are waste that cannot be destroyed. They suggest the non-biodegradable nature of our consumer society. They simultaneously show themselves as commodities to be worshipped and rubbish to be discarded. Like janus figures they reveal both sides of their nature. They conflate ideas of the sacred and profane.