Canvas

2007

nappies/diapers, stainless steel staples, whiteout
12 sq m

Series: Nappy Work

Encasing a free-standing wall at Auckland Art Gallery, Canvas is both substrate and artwork. The weft and warp of soft white disposable cotton diapers creates an undulating absorbent surface, with the insides opened out. Multiple individual units are lost in the scale of the work, reducing the sense of personality into an expansive field redolent with humanity. Hands reach out to stroke the padded fabric and pause, stymied somewhere between attraction and repulsion. Canvas invites viewers to question, 'to canvas', human impulses and the boundaries of care and protection - of the young, the human psyche, and the environment. The liminal landscape vacillates between being protective and threatening, austere and visceral, inviting and repelling.