My body of work looks at the politics of material consumption. I explore how we are pressured to conspicuously consume unnecessary belongings. We are told that shopping is patriotic, desirous, and rewarding. My work examines the idea that mindless consumption is anything but rewarding.
This series of work draws imagery from the 18th century French luxury fabric known as toile. This fabric was woven in India, hand-printed in France and avidly consumed in Britain and Europe. It depicted monochromatic moments of pastoral leisure. The French government banned toile for decades because the import of the low-cost Indian fabric was withering the domestic fabric industry. I create pieces in subtle shades of white to provide a moment that is not hampered by visual chaos. The works are made of many layers of velum and muslin as a physical reference to accumulation. The dialogue between historical and contemporary material culture informs my work.
Shara Rowley Plough is an installation and mixed media artist based in Huntington, New York. She earned her MFA from the University of Arizona and her BFA from the University of Iowa. Her work engages with issues concerning social inequality and consumer culture. She works with materials such as horsehair and garbage bags. She is a 2013 and 2014 recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission grant. She has shown in the 2007 Arizona Biennial – Tucson Museum of Art, the Reece Museum – East Tennessee State (2014), the Meridian Museum Bi-State Art Competition (2012), Mark Miller Gallery – New York (2015), and the Art Museum at the University of Memphis (2014).
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