STUFFED (2020)

Scrap fabrics, found objects, used pillow stuffing, adornments (beads, studs and bristles), dimensions variable

STUFFED is the title given to a series of cushion-like soft sculptures created during the COVID-19 lockdown. During this period, erasure and silencing felt ever-present for members of the queer community. Pride parades were cancelled. Rainbow iconography was (worthily) co-opted as a symbol of solidarity for key workers. Queer clubs and welcoming spaces were forced to close their doors. While representations of the body in my work are usually allusive and open to interpretation, it felt urgent to give visibility to representations of queerness and companionship. The cushions are unapologetically sexual and in some cases can even become ‘activated’ through the insertion of the body itself.

© Daniel Fountain Artist, 2020

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