Tabitha Moses

Tabitha Moses is a visual artist, currently living and working in Liverpool, England. Moses’ work is often connected with people and groups of people. Her most recent work ‘Investment’, is connected with her own experience of infertility and IVF treatment and is presented through embroidered hospital gowns and photographic portraits. For the purpose of this blog post I will be looking at her work on collections in particular her project entitled ‘Desi Man’.

Desi Man
2005 – 11
packaging materials from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, box frames, pins

dimensions variable 

‘Desi Man’ took place between 2005-2011, in a range of locations across Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. Moses collected a variety of images and photographs of men working as shop keepers, shoe makers, farmers and slaughter house workers. The images are pinned on the surface, a lot like butterflies and insects in natural world collections, and are grouped by identifying factors such as beards, moustaches or headgear.

Desi Man
2005 – 11
packaging materials from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, box frames, pins

dimensions variable 

I thought about who might I be able to collect various images for, appearing on different surfaces, in a stylised way, and immediately thought of the Queen. As her iconic face can be found in a vast array of collections, stamps, coins, notes, memorabilia, such as mugs, and commemorative plates (of which I knew my mother was likely to have some). So I recreated my own collection below.

I think the collection came out well, the cushion dominates the frame, leaving the stamps and coins seemingly quite obsolete, although I think it still adds to the composition, especially with the colour of the 1st class stamp popping through. I especially like the retro feel of the blue tea towel with black and white image of the Queen gazing off into the distance. Each mug also represents an important point in the Queen’s life, with the pound coins and bank note bringing together the overwhelming influence the Queen has on the United Kingdom. The Queen and her image is found in lots of different materials and objects, reflecting her ever present reign.

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