These are the fragments Francis Upritchard has shored against her ruins. Thrift store pots have been remade as canopic urns, ancient Egyptian repositories for the organs of the dead. A gift from a relative, an unwanted wedding present or a memory of a day out, even the tackiest ornament once played a small symbolic function in someone’s life. Now they have been detourned to reveal the underlying purpose of all that frantic personalising and decorating of domestic space, the fabrication of memories to set against death. We face the terror of annihilation armed only with nick-nacks, handicrafts and souvenirs.
Francis Upritchard – born in 1976 in New Zealand, lives and works in London
Beck’s Futures 2003, ICA, London
The Bart Wells Institute, Kapinos Gallery, Berlin
Lost Collection, curated by Brian Griffiths, Laing Gallery, Newcastle
Picture Room by Goshka Macuga, Gasworks, London
Rollout curated by Ricky Swallow, Karen Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
New Work, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland