Remains (play space), 2019

Wire mesh and wood. Dimensions variable
Hatoum is adept at using everyday objects to create a profound sense of unease through subtle visual and material alterations. For the works in the 'Remains' series of installations, the artist presents old wooden furniture and domestic objects -ranging from a large, queen-sized bed to a tiny child's toy -into domestic-type arrangements. After carefully wrapping the objects in chicken wire and burning them, until only black charcoal traces remain, she creates a graphic, ghostly installation; a set of ruins that are mere outlines of once-solid forms and which intimate some past and sudden trauma. This installation continues Hatoum's frequent use of furniture and domestic objects throughout her practice in ways that transform and question the notion of home, presenting it as a threatening and disconcerting environment with connotations of violence and loss. Courtesy Winsing Art Collection.

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