Catherine SaginFiling Bertil
2009 › CIF › BFA (hons) Visual Arts
My research and practice this year has given me significant insight into the relationship between functional design and the potential dysfunctional qualities of art. This inquiry is framed by an interest in renegotiating my own relationship to the systems of organisation implicit in domestic space, particularly those relating to function and form.
I have used Swedish furnishing company Ikea as a platform from which to examine/investigate some of my curiosities and idiosyncratic tendencies. Often it is the material and structural qualities of the objects I source in my practice that compels me to explore their internal logic. This is particularly true of the impetus behind the construction of the works: When Evert Met Ivan and Filing Bertil.
I am simultaneously compelled, comforted and driven by the awkward and intractable nature of my interactions with the Ikea objects I incorporate into my practice. There seems to be a literal closeness between body and material and a heightened awareness of my body to the internal logic of the material at hand when I use these readymade materials in my work. By internal logic I mean to suggest the unique strength of differing materials and the subsequent ways in which my body is physically capable of engaging with them.
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