The Prostitution of Time
"The Prostitution of Time" looks at how we are all prostitutes to the clock. Our 1.9 meter diameter doomsday clock made from mannequin parts, wood and mashed newsprint comments on the financial crisis and our slavery to a clock that is not in time with reality, set at 10 minutes to midnight represents how fragile our cash-based economy is.
A mannequin's head represents all twelve points on the clock. Their faces are painted and dressed to represent a cross-section of urban western society. Placed on pikes and isolated from each other, their fixed stares appear lifeless, conforming like cogs in a system that does not honour the individual.
The lips of the mannequins are painted scarlet, like stereotypical prostitutes. The artist at the top is painted white signifying the blank canvas. The head has paint like blood spilt over its face and a paintbrush in its mouth, time often works against art, deadlines constrain the artistic process and tie art into time and money.
Other mannequins are dressed to represent workers, the doctor, academic, call-center girl and construction worker, there are also the other sub-cultures that survive in the urban environment represented, the sick, the ipod connected youth and the punk-girl, the cubist head a non-conformist, and the bride symbolising how marriage is seen by some as an occupation for women gives us a cross-section of urban society.
The center of the clock features a print mash-up. Newspaper headlines are re-arranged to form new headlines commenting on the link between money and time and the media propaganda that keeps us on the treadmill.
The clock-face also contains a poem in the round. Constructed from rearranged phrases from three iconic songs two titled "Time" by Pink Floyd and David Bowie and the Smashing Pumpkins "Doomsday Clock", this poem can be read all the way around the edge of the clock and can start and finish at any point.
The red painted "Time is not Art" is scrawled across the face as if defacing the artwork and undermining its meaning. This also comments on the way western society does not value time spent on art. It also comments on how time itself has been constructed by our industrial society, traditional tribal societies often place a higher value on art and work according to the sun and the seasons rather than clocks.
The hands of the clock are fibreglass mannequin arms, one white and one black to symbolise our nations workers and the black and white nature of time. The white hand holds a bitten apple, a dangerous temptation to consume that ties us to the clock to earn, earn, earn or just survive. The black hand wears a heart-shaped costume jewelry ring, symboling how poorly paid black arms toil in mines for precious stones used and traded by rich consumers.
This 1.9 meter diameter 3D sculpture hangs on a wall, made from plastic and fiberglass mannequin parts, and including authentic items of apparel (professional stethoscope, construction helmet, mortar board etc) and wooden base. The sculpture also contains text in the form of newsprint mashup and a poem in the round. Strongly constructed this sculpture is made to last.