| Tamara Stuby
"I am building my dream home..."
The powerful, fundamental yet illogical belief in the possibility of "hitting it big" is the underpinning for this work in progress. The structure, rules and trappings of the lottery serve as a vehicle to give a glimpse into the mechanism by which, against all odds and within the limits dictated by above, an archetypal "somebody" goes about creating their own rules and conditions. The appropriation and re-creation of this system, that would appear to control whether they will or will not eventually escape their given situation and status, has something of rebellion, of escapism and of creativity. The dream home is employed as a malleable metaphor, and the simple, repetitive means by which the works themselves are realised are a sarcastic echo of the value society places on dogged consistency and conformity, accompanied by the promise of an eventually obtainable virtual reward.
This work relates to previous works, where, with a slightly different modus operandi, I have slipped into a skin borrowed from a powerful sector of society in order to satirically reveal its characteristics, "from the inside". There is humor (albeit dark) in the enormous gap between underdog and top dog, but at its core is a serious questioning the validity of the social, economic and political systems that propagate and further entrench the status quo.