Sink Hole

2006. Oil on ceramic plate.
175 x 175 mm.
Private collection.



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About this work

I made this painting specifically for an exhibition of artworks on plates at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban. I bought the plate from a second hand store, and the glazed ceramic surface reminded me of the surfaces of the bathroom fixtures I had painted in other paintings, so I continued the bathroom theme by painting a sink hole of a bathroom sink.

The painting alludes to our consumerist lifestyle. Food is no longer something we grow, tend to, gather, and prepare, it is something we buy from the shop, put on a plate, and shove down our face holes. As a species we have become greedy and wasteful. We ignore the fact that the planet has limited resources, and we stubbornly continue our unsustainable feeding frenzy.