Adorno (1903 - 69) argued that capitalism fed people with the products of a ‘culture industry’ - the opposite of ‘true’ art - to keep them passively satisfied and politically apathetic.
False needs are cultivated in people by the culture industries. These are needs which can be both created and satisfied by the capitalist system, and which replace people’s ‘true’ needs - freedom, full expression of human potential and creativity, genuine creative happiness.
A sculpture of clear resin revealing within, “designer” perfumes, symbols of Western iconic consumerism, made from Bulgarian roses and re-exported back to their country of origin as a ‘necessary’ product and symbol of success, at an inflated price.
Resin, smashed perfume bottles, rose petal, rose leaves, perfume packaging, tissue paper, Dior box.
32 mms diameter.
Sofia, Bulgaria. June 2014. 'Waterfest' Exhibition curated by Nia Pushkarova.
University of Reading
Department of Fine Art
1991 - 1995
Lives & works just outside London