Vanity Fair, 2013

Installation views of the solo exhibition Vanity Fair, at Triskel Christchurch, Cork, 2013, mixed media installation: fabric, pegs, belts, turnbuckles, painted wood, mild steel. 12.3m x 1.7m. Photo credit: Roland Paschoff.

Vanity Fair is a large-scale fabric sculpture conceived specifically for the Triskel Christchurch. A temporary scaffold supports swathes of material pegged at lengths along the main aisle. Examining the formal properties of window display materials and their interactions with each other, the title of this work visits John Bunyon’s imagining of Vanity Fair, the perpetual fair of rich merchandise described in Pilgrim’s Progress.