Josh Faught – Issues

“This piece is a hand dyed, crocheted, woven hemp, jacquard woven advert for a gay traffic school, pins, reproduction of the Hobby Directory, scrapbooking stickers, wool, indigo, spray paint and sequins on linen” – Saatchi

The oeuvre to this collection that this piece belongs to looks at the 1980s and early 90s and trying to represent the politics and societal view of AIDs.

The lines in this piece are strong and significant, they’re created by the different coloured geometric shapes of created by the fabrics. The forms of this piece are visually interesting as there is a mixture of representational and nonrepresentational forms which let the viewer get absorbed and intrigued by this piece as they try to decode it. The amateurish and child-like quality of his work makes it more human and relatable, as well as having a sense of innocence about it. This innocence and naivety can be seen in the humorous advert, but then there is still a serious undertone to it the piece that can be seen in the calendar and clock which is filling up with water. Both of these are very symbolic as the calendar signals large amounts of time passing and then the clock filling with water also signals time passing, but also suggests danger, an impending deadline and the questions: what happens when the clock is full of water? What would that represent?

The texture of this piece is soft, chunky and substantial, giving the piece a tactile quality. This all links to the mood and atmosphere of the piece as it’s nostalgic and humorous, yet sad and expressive. This is supported by the use of colour in the piece as the blue and earthy red-purple colours create a pattern that is reminiscent of fabric patterns you can find on the sofas and curtains of older generations, but it you look at the red and read it as blood, then all of a sudden the piece becomes very disturbing and dark.

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