Consumed: Stilled Lives21st September 2017 - 14th October 2017
Location: Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
I am what I consume, I am an advert for the commodities I consume.
‘Consume’ describes the act of eating as well as purchasing a commodity. The still-life table expresses this dual meaning because the objects on display are edible and indicate an individual’s social position through the ability to buy prestigious objects. Woolley views the still-life table as a portrait of a particular type of consumer. This allows her to view the objects in still-life as an expression of a relation between consumer, commodity, and society. The exhibition encompasses a variety of approaches to the genre to explore the contradictions of capitalism.