Gallery 5
Pheromone Trap
Jennifer Mathews

Pheromone trap presents a sculptural installation that explores the idea of parasitism in relation to private property. If we look at the interior of the house through the vantage point of the parasite, we are welcomed into a pleasurable and distressing infrastructure. Against the uninvited pursuit of sustenance and warmth, our host can only react with hostility or hospitality. In her practice, Jennifer uses salvaged and constructed materials to assemble new symbolic arrangements. Materials and interior strata that have been dejected from the home, are contrasted with lifeless vegetables, bramble thorns and butcher’s paper that once served to envelope food. These works suggest that the vocabulary of the house is one of parasitology, a system of perpetual collapse and renewal – where windows are broken open to reveal inhabitable, unlikely vistas.