Spices and patterns

I accidently came across this amazing artist and his amazing works of art!

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Mareschal’s work is concerned with impermanence. His large, ephemeral, site-specific works draw on everyday materials such as spices, soap and food. With these he creates patterns based on, among other things, the decorative floor tiles in old houses. His work is deliberately fragile, and Mareschal expects his audiences to participate in transforming it – for example, by eating the food. Taking care of these fragile site-specific and transient works requires a slightly different approach to how we define damage and how we address it.

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Mareschal is interested in the short lived nature of this work. He is happy for the spice floor to slowly fade over the duration of the exhibition. However with such a fragile work, we also expect that some damage will occur that does not come under the remit of the artist’s wishes, and when this happens it requires our attention. At first glance, the floor looks very similar to a ceramic tiled floor, and the fact that it isn’t is not  immediately obvious just by looking at the work from behind its barrier. This has been an issue when the work has been installed at other venues, as he points out:

“The first time that I made it, we didn’t put a rope around it so people just walked on it and ruined it completely as they thought they were real tiles. So I want people to look and think OK, they are real tiles and suddenly if they look another time they will realise it is made out of spices and it will surprise them.”

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