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The installation of sculptural works in Domesticated Deities playfully looks at the aesthetics of animal worship (such as masks, carving, totem poles, mummification) and combines them with the aesthetics of animal consumption (kitchen accessories, taxidermy trophies, equipment used in the preparation of meat). The shape of each work is determined by the domestic objects used to create it. A wooden spoon becomes a hand, a meat tenderiser becomes a foot, and a peppergrinder makes up the body. These shapes are then manipulated and given a skin of colour and texture with the exterior skin made up of paintwork reminiscent of tribal mark making.
"I work with used domestic objects and recycled materials because they come to the artwork with their own histories. I like to think of all the people that might have handled them before they get to me and all those hands that have helped to shape them. I seek out objects that show signs of use eg: a wooden spoon that has been held a certain way for years and now has a groove where the now absent hand once was."
Beck Wheeler, 2011
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