PARASITE

This installation focuses on the human as a parasite by raising questions about how much we consume.

At first glance the viewer is presented by a rigid portrait made of smaller pieces - the self depicted as robotic. Each individual piece carries a fact about the consumption and waste production of a single human being over their average lifetime of 77 years and 9 months. The statistics have been gathered from reliable resources (BBC's Channel 4 and National Geographic) and are based on the lifestyle and consumption patterns of the average British and American citizen, which run parallel with that of the middle class South African. The facts presented are not to be regarded as absolute science, but are utilized rather to trigger an emotion in the viewer.

In the ultimate irony the piece has been executed by engraving the facts and statistics into a natural substrate, wood. Another precious resource which we so unthinkingly consume.