Cleaning Squares

Amy Jackson - United Kingdom

Happenings, books, photographic documentation
2005 - Present

​ Obsession - unstoppable, unbendable, unbreakable.

In the depths of every human psyche lurks a constant fear. These fears manifest themselves in variations of erratic and irrational behaviour. Often to control these fears, control is subsequently lost.

​ “Over 15 years since Jackson cleaned and labelled her first square on top of a portaloo in Leeds, the work has become bizarrely prophetic as the world stands together shaken by the global pandemic – newly alive to the surfaces we touch, the world in which we live, and what constitutes as ‘clean’”.

Between 2005 and 2008 over 1,000 different squares were cleaned all over the world. Daily, dice were rolled to determine time and location. Within these parametres perfect squares, the length of the artist's feet, were cleaned and labelled with the time and date of the job. 

Cleaning Squares comments upon the paradoxical human effort to implement rituals, routines and rules, the way in which these systems consume and engulf us, whilst their absence leads to anxiety. Disaster can and will often strike.

It is The Strive for an impossible perfection.

The Project, like much of Jackson’s early work, explored mental health. In the depths of every human psyche lurks immutable fears. These uncertainties manifest themselves in variations of erratic and irrational behaviour. Often, in an attempt to control these fears control is subsequently lost.

In 2020, the work has become bizarrely prophetic as the world stands together, shattered and confused about the next steps amidst this global pandemic. Jackson now asks us to reconsider this piece in the world we now find ourselves in. 

How do we cope with our lack of control? How do we address the psychological with the physiological? Holding a mirror up to the art world, it also poses the question what footprint are we having on the planet and whether we really "need more stuff in the world?"

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Dati dell'opera

Altro - Altro
Dimensioni dell'opera - L 53 | A 43 | P 2.5
Creato il 17 aprile 2020

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