Nathalie Quagliotto’s work deals with agitated relationships between objects and between people. She often employs humour, play, and disruptive situations in her sculptures. Within the context of conceptual art, her sculptural practice involves potential actions or reactions from the public. She uses the colour “Safety Yellow” because of its public meaning of caution, awareness, and attention. Quagiotto often uses the double as a signifier of a push and pull situation to address co-operation and problematic relationships.
FIEND is a neon artwork that lights to first read “PRAY MY FRIEND”, changing every 15 seconds to “PAY MY FIEND”.
FIEND is about the unsteady relationships we hold with those who govern us: our everyday life, our society, our beliefs, what’s in the news and even what we hold true and what we don’t in current American politics. It references this year’s Art Souterrain Festival theme of True or False as it presents a statement of uncertainty concerning what people are able and unable to do in dire situations; the same statement can be true to some and false to others.
Curator : Art Souterrain