The domestic space is, for most, a place of sanctity, homeliness and comfort. Subverting this idea is the artist Carol McNicoll, who uses domestic objects as a medium through which to ‘rant…about the issues that both annoy and amuse me.’
McNicoll is one of three artists exhibiting in the Ideal Home exhibition opening this week at London’s Marsden Woo gallery. McNicoll, Jacqueline Poncelet and Sam Scott will use the gallery space to create their own version of the domestic space, re -imagining domestic objects and home products in their own personal ways.
Ceramicist McNicoll creates sculptures as domestic objects that also act as pieces of social commentary. She says, ‘For me the home is both the most demanding and the most exciting environment in which to place work.’
Little ceramic soldiers act as a comment on the British Army’s use in international conflict, creating a Plath-like juxtaposition of conflict and comfort within the domestic sphere.
Poncelet’s work looks at the idea of the subconscious within the home, and the exhibition will display her abstract paintings, created as a response to the surrounding of her home.
Meanwhile, Scott creates home products from recycled found materials, influenced by designers including Dutch furniture designer Piet Hein Eek. He says, ‘I really like the idea of using a set form or design, whilst also allowing the choice of found materials to inform a product’s development…allowing the design to ultimately mutate into something entirely and radically different.’
Ideal Home runs from 3 November – 22 December at Marsden Woo Gallery, 17-18 Great Sutton Street, London EC1C