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 subsumed by the whole, reducing the sense of personality into an expansive field redolent with humanity. Hands reach out to stroke 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 our young, of the human psyche, and of an environment that is both protective and threatening.