Pipes and tassels

65 x 45 x 15 cm 
red edition
copper pipe, tassels, brackets
shown at except for access only, Malta Contemporary Art

What if this work transforms typical materials, shifts contexts and explores the tensions between functionalism and formalism, can we therefor consider the functional copper pipe and soft fabric finishes of the tassels to be counterparts?

What if the tassels have become cheap as chips (cheaper actually!) and copper increasingly rare, shall we then conclude that in today’s hyper-capitalist world their values have reversed?

What if the tassel has almost always been a symbol of power, prestige, exclusivity and even a talisman, should we then regard these industrially and efficiently produced tassels suddenly void of meaning?