Gasworks Lane, Ashford Saturday 1 August 2020 07.30-09.00 BST
Rigid branded boxes, designed and associated with e-commerce to next day delivery have been sealed, wrapped and extracted to leave sellotape cases.
What is left, are translucent wobbly cubes tentatively trying to maintain their shape, yet often sagging, even collapsing under their own weight. It offers the suggestion that this could be a fragile inter-dependency between powerful multinational corporations with their compliant and consumerist market through the facilitation of a utilized workforce. This vulnerable balance, often unacknowledged, yet indispensable, is all that holds today's markets together.
During Lockdown, Lorrain daily wrapped the Amazon delivery boxes she ordered with sellotape to create translucent casts as representations of her confinement.
Once removed the cardboard boxes still infuse the sellotape material with its universal, cultural and functional associations; from the practical and useful to the containment of space, to harbouring secrets or smells. These wobbly sellotape husks fold and slump yet retain their shape while holding everything together around a void. While embodied in the layers of adhesive are trapped traces of the human hand, hermetically sealing in the moment of construction, like a tomb.
Yet sellotape; seemly an ephemeral everyday inconsequential manmade material erodes like stone. It breaks into ever smaller particles over time, to alter the ecological balance and direction of evolution. It endures, with an outcome still not known as it is absorbed into all living matter, which opens questions as to wither non-living matter, like negative space needs to be revalued and perceived differently.
Ellingham Industrial Estate, Ashford Saturday 1 August 2020 06.30- 06.50 BST
Warren Retail Park, Ashford Thursday 30 July 2020 20.15-20.45 BST
Flybridge Studios, Canterbury Monday 27 July 2020 11.00 - 12.30 BST
Email [Lou] Customer Service, Amazon 2 June 2020 15.39 BST
"One moment . . .
I checked it here but we can’t disclose the sizes,
because the boxes are not for sale and if you create one,
it will be "like as" counterfeit.
You may collect boxes if you order and you can measure
the length and width of that box."