Deadless is a project that explores the notion of preciousness and value. It is an ambiguous artefact that is revealed to be a toilet brush.
This work revolves around a series of conflicts that unfold on multiple levels. The first conflict is between form and function - Sculptural design has always been reserved for precious objects like artefacts and jewelry. There is an understanding that decorative design is a symbol for value while utilitarian design is used for mundane objects. The second conflict is the conflict of Touch - The toilet brush is an object that no one wants to touch because it is repulsive whereas sculptural artefact is an object that one cannot touch because it is too valuable. Both objects are not touched but for completely opposing reasons. The third conflict is a conflict of desire - This is an internal conflict where one cannot decide whether to be enchanted or disgusted by the artefact. The fourth conflict is a conflict of functionality. While the project may be perceived as a beautiful toilet brush, it is not functional. The copper material should not be used in the wet and damp environment of the bathroom as it oxidizes and corrodes. The water guard to prevent splash-back is also too close to the bristles and will undoubtedly touch the toilet when used.
These conflicts aim to create strong opposing emotions that invite the viewer to question the nature of value. How could a precious artefact be placed in a toilet? Why is the toilet brush viewed with so much disgust? The notion of preciousness is largely arbitrary that creates a hierarchy between objects. It is these design elements that serve as value signalling within a larger social fabric.
We place the untouchable artefact above us in value whereas the function of the untouchable toilet brush is forced upon the object. The toilet brush did not ask to clean toilets but was forced to. It was given a job that we would never do ourselves and should be celebrated for that. Once this is understood, there is no longer any conflict in Deadless.