Smash Objects

A physical diagram for a radical system of production.
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Beginning with a single cast of pigmented plaster, the first iteration is immediately crushed and then recast, with fresh material of a different colour, into two new objects. These new pieces are quickly made and constitute tests of form, material tolerance, utility, desirability and value. A choice must be made between the two - which to keep and which to destroy. One is smashed in order to be cast again, the fragments sparking the creation of two new objects. This process could repeat indefinitely. 
By cutting into the surface and revealing the colourful aggregate, the narrative connection between the pieces is revealed. 
This prolonged experiment illustrates how a system of production might create a nuanced object that encourages an appreciation of the resources that exist within it, and seeks to question our rates of consumption and waste. 
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Jesmonite, pigment, wax
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Photography by Will Yates-Johnson
A parent must be destroyed in order to create material for its children. If one is saved, the family line ends there, and future generations become unmade potentials.
The final colour sequence.
Tests of removing material from the outside and inside.
Smash Objects at the Royal College of Art Work in Progress show, spring 2014.