Art making for these unprecedented times by Beverley Duckworth LG
Unwanted clothing, edible seedlings
Residue was installed in the window of a disused clothes shop in Catford, South London, displaying the debris of fast fashion in its passage to waste dump, landscape and soil.
The installation was part of the ‘Futures_after’ exhibition in March 2022, involving 45 local and international artists, that reflected on what value exchange means within our high streets and reimagined how we connect with our economic, ecological and social environments during these unprecedented times.
Residue was in place for three weeks before the edible seedlings were cut and eaten during the ‘Futures_after’ closing event. The clothes used in the installation were charity shop rejects, leftovers from clothes swaps and uniforms found in the vacant Peacocks store. All of the clothes were passed on or recycled following deinstallation.
Artist Statement: My practice explores boundaries and disconnections through time. Working with ‘slow’ materials, including dust, hair and seeds, I create transient works which traverse socially constructed boundaries defining bodies and the environment. The processes I use can be painstaking and precarious resulting in fragile, often living works that require an ongoing process of tending and mending.
To learn more about Duckworth’s practice, see A Question Of Process #14