Aspiration Between the Classes.

After showing this piece in a Show and Expose situation; whereby the piece is scrutinised by my peers and then I give a short talk about the works motive, it left me with an overwhelming amount to think about. Beforehand I was feeling quietly comfortable; it was only afterwards that I felt the pressure of other’s opinions towards the piece. The experience has left me somewhat deflated, feeling on a high with the work, to coming down to reality to see the work needs a lot more attention. The title: Aspiration Between the Classes, was a big mistake, I should have stuck with my strategy of Untitling the work. The title immediately, too quickly, leads the audience to think about the British class system. Which in turn then lead the audience to believe that the three plinths placed at different heights represent lower, middle and upper class. They then battled with the décor I had chosen to place each plinth within a social class. The audience, not surprisingly had difficulty with this task, as my intention wasn’t for this at all- the plinths I hoped all possessed working class décor choices. It was ignorant of me not to see that the audience would interpret the three plinths height choices in this way. I had hoped the three plinths would give a hint towards the notion of the class system, but in the end the notion was made too explicit

The yellow plinth was given probably the most attention; being heavily perceived as “granny class.” The taste choices I had made were described as feminine, grotesque and tacky; the boarder especially tacky. The shine on the figures was noted as “too much” it’s “all over done.” These comments I felt as somewhat of a success within my practice. I had achieved the overdone working class taste. Many related this work to their grandma’s home- some remarking that they began making their own narratives; feeling a sense of nostalgia towards this work. This left me questioning the works motive. Someone asking whether it was more about my grandmas home than the class system itself?

Someone also asked: “How would the piece work if the plinths were painted in their usual white?” This was extremely insightful question for me. The audience seemed to disagree with the idea- saying that the wallpapered plinths were very much a part of the work. The wallpaper included the object; it brings in the narrative of the object and confirms the home and the domestic.