‘Still Life’, 2007-2010

Installation: cast soap objects and wall rubbings, intermittent back projection, sound and scent.

Awarded a Creative Technician placement with Battersea Arts Centre, in 2009, it was during this period that she began to produce site-reflective installations beyond the gallery environment. Drawing upon her mothers cleaning rituals she responded to, two semi-derelict spaces in the heart of London; ‘Still Life’, 2010, in the former pub, The Duke of Clarence and ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness‘, 2010.

Both installations worked with the materiality of soap as a means to explore the notion of what it meant to cleanse an environment literally, socially, ethically, and spiritually.

In 2010, London South Bank University owned various Grade II listed properties based around Elephant & Castle which were left to fall into decline, one being the former pub Victorian public house, The Duke of Clarence.

Amongst the squatters protests and between the scaffold bracing the floors and ceiling, the scented, porcelain-like edges of ‘Still Life’ seeped within the dank, dark and neglected, yet financially flourishing plot. Her wishy-washy response, though temporary, was staged to stir activity.

By 2013, the site was rescued from the brink of condemnation, reopening as the Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation.