Width: 123cmHeight: 183cmDepth: 23cm
From the artist:
My Dirty Secret! is an experiential piece by Kristina Veasey. It is borne from Kristina’s frustration as a disabled person battling to keep up with the housework. Through her attempts to maintain independence and a sense of control over her life, she inadvertently began making friends with her enemy, the household dirt.
Laid up and held prisoner within her immediate environment, Kristina was unable to escape the mess and dirt that was building up around her. By using her camera to capture the domestic detritus: layers of mould on a forgotten banana cake, a hair monster escaping a plughole, a lone rice-krispie hiding under the sofa, she started to find beauty in unexpected places. This artwork invites audiences to share in these unnoticed treasures and discover that familiar landscapes can be seen in new ways.
This image shows the full length of the My Dirty Secret pop-up panel from the front. To the left is a wall lamp. The lampshade fabric has been digitally printed with a colourful pattern made from repeating photographs of discarded shoes piled up in the artist's front porch. To the right, three framed images are hanging on a panel fixed to a wall. The images are as follows: mouldy banana cake (akin to snow-topped mountains), a hairy plughole, froth and soggy bits of food left in the sink after the washing up has been done.
The panel itself, is covered with a zany wallpaper, printed with a repeated image of a kitchen sink plughole, partially covered by turmeric-stained froth. In the centre of the panel is a small shelf on which sits a coffee mug printed with a pattern made from an image of dirty forks, and a letter rack containing mail marked 'private' that audiences can open and read. Inside are stories of the people Kristina spoke to during her R&D phase. Find out more about hoarders, generational differences, cultural pressures, fear of judgement as the letters disclose their relationships with housework and having control over their immediate environment. (These transcripts are also available as their original audio recordings on the artist's website).
My Dirty Secret! was an Unlimited R&D Commission funded by Spirit of 2012. It is now being developed into different formats that can travel easily and reach wider audiences.
This pop-up wall piece is photographed from different angles and shown within this gallery. Please scroll through the images for close-up views of the individual elements.