Presence – Annmarie Tickle

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This work has been created through the connection of 3 elements:

  • Duchamp’s urinal and its use in a bathroom setting, which directed the choice of objects to work with.
  • The Japanese textile technique of (Shibori). This resist dyeing technique involves the binding, wrapping and stitching of fabric to produce complex patterns. This introduces an element of chance as the process can be dicult to control and end results are unpredictable.
  • Use of the colour blue. Blue is the colour of urinal cleaning blocks and associated with hygienic cleanliness in bathrooms. Reckitt’s Blue laundry cleaner made with synthetic ultramarine was produced in Hull.

In the spirit of the ready-made a selection of everyday bathroom related objects have been wrapped in silk and stitched with dental floss as thread.#The final work may or may not reveal the nature of the bound objects to the viewer. Each will have a personal interpretation. ‘The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.’

Marcel Duchamp

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