Romantic Function — Proposal for Wakefield Art Walk
Romantic Function is a series of steel and wood structures held together by synthetic flowers. The flowers are each sprayed with a bootleg perfume found at local street markets.
This project explores the potential of the synthetic flowers by reappropriating them as an integral element in sculpture. These flowers will outlive their organic cousins by a factor of a thousand, embellishing landfill for decades to come. They are awkward talismans of the anthropocene epoch. This project was initiated by the question; ‘what does a vase look like for a flower that can never die’. It has developed into a family of architecturally informed characters that each rely on their flower. The copper wire at the core of the flower’s stems allows for a tight bind when coiled through the drilled holes in the wood and metal elements. Each flower is revitalised through an array of perfume sprayed onto them daily. Romantic Function subverts our relationship to flora. What was once considered ornamental and precious becomes functional and permanent — questioning our working relationship to the natural world and the ways in which we have brutalised it to fit our industrialised vision.
The proposed sculpture series shows up to 6 variations. This is subject to change given the space offered. I believe 3 would work just as well. I plan to develop the work in terms of quantity and scale.
Romantic function is made up of 4 material elements; steel, pine,
synthetic flowers and perfume. Here is a rough breakdown of material
costs and considerations.
£30 — Synthetic flowers
£90 — Steel + steel fabrication (mates rates)
£50 — Pine wood
£20 — Bootleg perfume
£10 — Contingency
As I make my way from the commercial design world into a professional art context, showing at the Wakefield Art Walk would be a huge opportunity to focus my ideas and share them in an appropriate space. Romantic Function at the Art House would help to introduce a larger body of work that I am calling ‘Terra Firma’ a project that meditates on our natural world in an unnatural time. I am currently split between Hebden Bridge and London and would love to establish a studio practice in Yorkshire one day. To kick off these kind of conversations along side this body of work in Wakefield would be the perfect start to the next stage of my art-life.