God's Bog

2001

Finn-Kelcey, Rose
From the 1970s, Rose Finn-Kelcey became a central figure in the emerging communities of performance and feminist art in the UK. In addition to performance she worked in a variety of media including video, sound, installation, sculpture, photography, papercut and posters, her practice deeply related to her ongoing engagement and negotiation with the world as a woman. Her works are conceptually powerful, and characterised by her dry wit. They consider social dialogue, populism and activism, and how these tools of communication intersect with complex systems of power. Finn-Kelcey also engaged with religion and spirituality in her artwork, though this remained playful, seeing her produce objects that often appear cartoon-like. God’s Bog, 2001 is a toilet cast in Jesmonite, perhaps intended to resemble excrement, though it curls delicately like a seashell. Displayed with the seat open invitingly, it aims to ask the question: “Can waste be recycled to infinity?”
  • Artwork Details: 45.7 x 43.2 x 40.6cm
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  • Material description: Jesmonite, polypropylene, paint
  • Credit line: © Estate of Rose Finn-Kelcey
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC44/2018

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