Material: Found buttons, beads, wire on canvas

Size: 20cm x 20cm


About: Human Collective – Race:

The Human Collective of society likes to categorise.

When you don’t give people categories they will create their own.

Whether there are patterns or not our visual cortex will impose patterns on what we see. People will instinctively impose categories when they are faced with large amounts of information. We use categorisation as a means to make sense of what is around us. This becomes especially prevalent when we are overwhelmed with too much information or feel vulnerable.

This work explores our need to categorise society by race and uses skin colour as a reference. Buttons were chosen in graduation of skin tone and arranged to express our black/white categorisation. The work questions our present systems and their relevance in our changing world.

Race/nationality is one of  the most common questions asked when completing forms.