Clara Hastrup

Through the lens of humour and a language of the absurd, Clara Hastrup’s practice touches on the profound dichotomies in our relationship with objects of consumption. The Perishable Sculptures  are a new body of work which extend from the series of Instant Sculptures, whereby perishable goods are modified to resemble functional, household objects. The sculptures are presented alongside a photograph of the object, mimicking a product advertisement image. Set on a blue homogenous backdrop with highly saturated lighting, the object takes on a familiar, sanitised and mass manufactured quality when in fact that image is contrasted by the view of the slowly decaying sculpture. The playful narrative points to an endless cycle of consumption and most poignantly, to the illusions that are formed under a pristinely crafted veneer.