Exploration 24 Exploration 24 16th July 2024 - 3rd August 2024

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Holly Block, Dolly Cake 2022, found object assemblage, 50cm x 30cm x 30cm
Holly Block, Dolly Cake is being exhibited in Exploration 24
Artwork will be shipped at conclusion of exhibition.
Artist statement: Dolly Cake, 2022 bring together familiar elements of domesticity, nostalgia, childhood play and sensuality, entering a whimsical world that collides with the macabre. These installations activate disruptive properties, suspending familiar meaning and acceptable behaviours.

This work is created from a ritualised practice, and process informed by vital materialism, in which I go hunting for unloved objects that want me. Sometimes they whimper and sometimes they scream, but they all want something: they all have desires. My intervention is maternal: I bring these objects home and listen to what they want, then step away, granting their autonomy. I am obedient to their whims.

Their desires required that their heads were removed. Not as an act of violence, but rather a violent act of love to satisfy their desire for further existence. They beckoned for more and I responded to their longing through manipulation and translation. Revealed are yearnings for tenderness, security, to be held one another, for play, mischief and to mock.

Leveraging the tradition of the carnivalesque, and in the abandonment of rationality, these things become other things: whimsical and political in their commitment to disrupt as a means to recognise, create, and possess both the self and the other.

Artwork to scale in-situ on 3.7m wall