broken bottle glass, Plexiglas, & lights, 84 x 96 x 24 inches
Commissioned for the exhibition Nineteen Eighty-Four, Privet addresses the subjects of control and power, specifically control through desire, through the symbolic representation of a separation between those who have wealth and power, and those who do not. The work's title and form are based on the privet hedges that surround grand estates and opulent summer homes, separating private and public spaces, while nonetheless remaining somewhat transparent. This slight transparency keeps the promise of wealth alive, ensuring that the power structure between rich and poor remains intact. Covered in hand applied shards of bottle-green glass, the work simutaneously repels the viewer with its inferred danger and attracts through its alluring transparency.
-excerpt from the exhibition catalogue