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Name: Sasha Fusini
School: Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College
County: Esat Sussex
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: I’m predominantly interested in the use of found objects and alternative materials in modern art and am a firm believer in Joseph Beuys extended definition of art: “Everything as art and everyone as an artist”. My project kick-started with a keen interest in “The Surrealist Object” and the concept of destroying functions of everyday objects (Meret Oppenheim’s “Fur-lined teacup” and Dali’s “Telephone-Homard” (1936). After further research, I found that both the Surrealist, Fluxus and Arte Povera movements all shared these tendencies as well as the common desire to break down the dichotomy between “art” and “life”. I aimed to bring together these concepts by producing a series of playful, inexpensive, Fluxus-spirited sculptures that would create an affinity between the domestic and wild kingdom, two completely opposing environments. Inspired by ideas associated with Arte Povera, my sculptures often drew directly on the substances of natural events such as the growth of a plant however also draw attention to the industrial world of mass production.
Title: Garden 1
Description: I destroyed the toaster's original heating function and subverted its meaning into a more conceptual based idea. By growing a plant out of the appliance, it has then become a vessel for merging the domestic and natural environment. Fluxus art is often presented in “events” or as George Brecht defined as "the smallest unit of a situation". I’ve aimed to illustrate the beauty of everyday life events through this sculpture which illustrates a metaphor for the “event” of toasting a piece of bread. I’ve used wheatgrass for its loose associations with bread products to strengthen my idea and documented its growth through stop frame animation in order to both capture the natural event and to be able to illustrate the wheatgrass or ‘bread’ being “ejected” from the toaster.
Medium: Metal Toaster, Compost, Grass seeds
Width: 16 Height: 12 Depth: 9
Keywords: Fluxus, Toaster, Everyday objects, Conceptual Art