Through the Plug­hole Hid­den Landscapes
An instal­la­tion exhib­it­ed at TEST­BED 1 in Bat­tersea, between Octo­ber 15 – 18 2014.

November 2014

The kitchen island rep­re­sents on the one hand a great love for cook­ing, gath­er­ing and eat­ing. In the pri­vate envi­ron­ment its per­fec­tion lends some cachet to the home and there­fore its own­ers, per­haps, a sense of con­trol. How­ev­er, on the oth­er hand the pris­tine clean­li­ness of the island rais­es ques­tions about its main­te­nance and the space it occu­pies. It takes a good amount of clean­ing and tidy­ing up to keep up appear­ances. The big­ger the island, the more there is to become dirty, but also the more space it occu­pies; as much as a medi­um to large sized room. Where­as this amount of stor­age space makes it eas­i­er to keep the mod­ern inte­ri­or clean and clut­ter-less, the island itself becomes pop­u­lat­ed with the clut­ter that is now out of sight. Does the island become a Pandora’s Box con­tain­ing harm­ful clut­ter and unwant­ed imper­fec­tions? Or can it be used in a more con­struc­tive manner? 

The Kitchen Island and its pres­ence in the mid­dle of a room is per­haps to the 21st cen­tu­ry what the four poster bed must have been to the 17th cen­tu­ry. Both define through their pres­ence the sur­round­ing space in the room and both rep­re­sent a mix­ture of sta­tus, a need to dis­play and a prac­ti­cal use. The largest dif­fer­ence between the two is that the kitchen island is used for its exte­ri­or and the four poster bed was used for its inte­ri­or. A series of draw­ings explores ways in which to com­bine the two.

Further explorations of the idea of the kitchen island,

Interior of the island

Island as it was exhibited in the TESTBED1 space.