Describing Architecture

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untitled (b) / Ali Kirby


Plasterboard, plaster, wood, shower curtain, soap, concrete, screw caps
1860 x 1200 x 920 mm

‘untitled (b)’ is the second in a series of sculptures that are made using ordinary construction and household materials. These materials are repurposed to create seemingly robust structures that often reveal their fragility upon inspection.

Concrete, plaster and soap sit side by side, each element connecting in some way materially to the next. The wooden frames, left exposed and unfinished, are not quite the proportions of walls but instead seem like drawings or plans of architectural spaces; spaces that barely exist, or exist merely in “fragmentary form”.

Ali Kirby combines objects and materials into sculptural assemblages that visually respond to the built environment. Her approach to materials and colour is intuitive yet considered, often employing pastel tones, soft textures and household products to create familiar smells and forms. These soft edged fabrics and forms butt up against concrete or wood in an attempt to draw our attention to the relationships between materials, how they connect, support, become damaged or distressed, and ultimately reveal their potential for transformation.