Here's the piece and below are a few shots showing how I made it. I plan to make other versions (using other texts including the Lacanian-inspired 'I am measured therefore I am'). For the first one, I used a phrase that I wove into several projects I created a decade ago including my book Audit (2002), which shows the results of conducting an audit asking how much I was worth, and the LIX Index (2002-3 and remade in a new version for the Dublin show and available at lixindex.org.uk).
The piece is formed of 20 letters about 12 cm high which I created by casting polyester resin. Inside the resin are keys from broken keyboards, calculators, phones and TV remote controls.
|View of the piece installed (with a line on the wall, that was later removed)|
|Close up of two letters|
|Installation shot from the opening night at RUARED in Dublin|
|My first sketch - the black letters are two of the cake moulds I bought|
|Some of the silicone cake moulds I used to cast the keys in polyester resin|
|My small child helping liberate the keys from old keyboards I collected|
|The keys from the old keyboards needed washing|
Thanks to Kirsten Downie for helping me cast the resin. Thanks also to these organisations who supplied me with broken keyboards to ransack for keys: Archway Systems and KF Imaging. I disposed of the remains responsibly via my local recycling centre.