Primitive Matters: Wallpaper

“Ideologies work most effectively when we are not aware that how we formulate and construct a statement about the world is underpinned by ideological premises; when our formulations seem to be simply descriptive statements about how things are (i.e.must be), or of what we can 'take for granted'.”

Stuart Hall

In my practice I am concerned with the resonant characteristics of colonialism that continue to operate in covert, subtle ways. Wallpaper in this context is chosen for its innate qualities as a mass market, repetitive and imitative product, to question the perpetuation of this condition. Primarily used for decoration, and historically to inculcate sound morals, wallpaper in this context domesticates the white cube. Used by many contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Nina Saunders and Robert Gober this domestication of the gallery space immediately starts to ask questions of and subverts its ordinarily uncontroversial appearance.