Elizabeth Eade: I know you are but what am I
HIX ART presents I know you are but what am I, a presentation of new work by Elizabeth Eade, winner of the 2018 HIX Award.
Eade in her first major solo show explores her attitude towards a range of social and political issues, some serious, some frivolous. This oscillatory approach is embodied in two of the featured installations.
People who’ve pissed me off is a kinetic installation, which sporadically produces the names of people who have pissed Eade off. Included amongst the thousands of people featured in this work are the Kardashians, Piers Morgan, almost all of her friends and Pol Pot. Each name is given equal weight and eventually disappears from view. Playful and acerbic, it invites the viewer to share or rebut Eade’s subjective prejudices, whilst also creating a portrait of herself.
A serious note is struck by Net Realisable Value, (NRV). The artist produced this piece in response to the deaths of 26 teenage girls who, it is believed, were being trafficked from Nigeria into the sex industry. All were found drowned off the coast of Italy in 2017. It is comprised of an identical number of clay and copper figures, which were immersed in sea water, resulting in the formation of green crystals on the surfaces. ‘NRV’ is a term used by insurance companies for lost and damaged goods, and chillingly, the artist shows the method of calculating it to accompany the installation. The final sentence reads ‘This is what the inventory was worth to you’.