R E F U S E - The Third Quarter, March 2020
‘R E F U S E’ is a self guided exploration of the Individual, distilling the inextricable links between identity, materialism, and resource consumption. In an era of industrialisation and individualism, identity has become distanced from intrinsic connections to natural ecosystems, tethered instead to the illusion of freedom
of choice as a consumer in an open market.
‘R E F U S E’ combines forms found in consumer waste with culturally and commercially valued mineral commodities, reflecting transitional attitudes to materialism and resource consumption in the ‘Verre églomisé’ technique - where Gold Leaf is reverse applied to glass to create a mirror finish. This is the same technique used for commercial sign writing, but in this instance repurposed to critique consumer culture through reflecting viewers in abstracted representations of consumer waste.
Refuse (noun) - matter thrown away or rejected as worthless; rubbish.
Refuse (verb) - indicate or show that one is not willing to do something.
Please contact for exhibition catalogue and accompanying essay by Christian Rizzalli.