JWM: Object Q is a series of eight wall hung sculptures made from canvas stretcher bars (the sub-frame usually used as a support for paintings). The bars are arranged in various combinations to form a range of minimal geometric structures. I then painted them with graphite paint, which I make by grinding the carbon-based element into fluid mediums. These austere forms are soften by the addition of t-shirt hems, also coated with graphite, which seemingly binding the bars together. Conceptually the works explore ongoing concerns of touch and the proximity between bodies and materials. The t-shirt hems were taken from clothing of my own, as well as donations from my boyfriend, friends, and family. This introduces a domestic and sensual element to the work, which is at odds with the cold, detached objectivity often associated with minimalism[4].  

[4] Chave, A. C., 1990. Minimalism and the Rhetoric of Power. (originally published in Arts magazine, Jan 1990) [online] 

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Object Q III, 2020, graphite on stretcher bars with T-shirt hems, 16 x 120 x 4 cm

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Work Detail

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Object Q I - VI

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Studio View, 2020

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Object Q VI, 2020, graphite on stretcher bars with T-shirt hems, 16 x 120 x 4 cm

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Work Detail

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Installation view of 'Between The Lines' group show at Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke Belgium with Richard Artschwager, Raoul de Keyser, Ross Hansen, Robert Mangold, Richard Serra, Dan Van Severen, Masaaki Yamada. Image courtesy of Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art

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Object Q VIII, 2020, graphite on stretcher bars with T-shirt hems, 16 x 120 x 4 cm