Masking Shortages

Recycled paper, elastic filament
ABOUTFACE exhibition
SOLD – Acquisitioned by State Library of Queensland
 
ARTIST STATEMENT:
 
As an artist witnessing the supermarket shelves progressively stripped of the basics, I was compelled to take photos. It wasn’t until the third week of Covid influenced hoarding that our household toilet paper supplies started to dwindle, and I became overwhelmingly embarrassed to join the local hunt for paper.
 
‘Masking Shortages’ is constructed from the recycled paper wrapping that adorns the ‘Who gives a crap’ toilet paper. The public indifference to Covid-19 when it hadn’t yet reached our shores was similar to our ‘who gives a crap’ attitude to many things until they directly affect us.