Papered Portraits, 2009 (solo show @ The Warhol). Hand printed, custom and original Warhol wallpaper and glue, dimensions variable. © Photograph Jessica Milberg.
WALLPAPER SCULPTURES14 November 2013
Like the Debris series, the Wallpaper Sculptures are a derivate of the Giant Decollages: sections of the wallpaper installations are being forced into a further mutation as they are collapsed and crunched into shape.
The wallpaper sculptures are divided into two categories: the more bodily, organic and scrunched-up forms being the ‘ancone’ and the folded ones being the ‘origami’. I see the ancone as jewellery for buildings, while the origami are more suggestive of tailored precision. Both point out the inter-changeability between architecture and accessories, where aesthetics are blown out of proportion by the excesses of consumer culture. In 2009 the series mutated further to become the Beheaded Monarchs. These works mimic the heads of the aristocrats that underwent the guillotine during the French Revolution. I see these historical characters as the first examples of shopaholics. In the same year Eric Shiner invited me to show the series at The Warhol Museum and gave me some of Warhol’s original wallpaper to make some new ones with. The whole body of work was then displayed over Warhol’s self-portrait wallpaper.