Value, importance, worthiness, usefulness, meaningfulness, significance, stature, measurement, control.
How you are perceived by others and how you perceive yourself.
How an object is perceived by its maker, its seller, its buyer and its audience.
Emperor’s New Clothes or an actual quantifiable measurement?
Somewhere in between. And always indefinable.
My work at Te Uru will be a product of wrestling with this slippery topic. A small square of 24ct gold leaf will be adhered to one of the gallery walls, representing the amount of gold that can be extracted from an average adult human body.
At the end of the exhibition the square will be painted over.
Underneath that paint, will I still be worth my weight in gold?