Donna Marcus



Ascorbic continues Marcus’ interest in everyday objects that she uses as modules to build sculptures in which the original object remains both recognisable but oddly transformed into a new form. In Ascorbic a found form, a lemon squeezer, is enlarged, cast it in vitreous porcelain, and then twelve of these custom-made components are joined together to produce a work that combines both the aesthetics of the natural and industrial worlds (Ascorbic is strangely reminiscent of anemone, seeds and pods, things found along the shore). Vitreous porcelain makes an ironic reference to the most historic Readymade, (Duchamp’s Urinal) and more generally to the aesthetics of the bathroom and the twentieth century obsession with clinical hygiene. In Ascorbic the kitchen and the bathroom, normally entirely separate provinces, are joined in an uncanny confluence of the material and form.