Cash, Clash & Climate
The sculptures in this series have three themes: Cash, Clash & Climate and have been researched in museums such as the Victoria & Albert and British Museums, London; Hastings Museum, UK; Mares Museum, Barcelona; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Archaeological Museum, the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Istanbul; the Asian Museum of Civilization in Singapore and the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy. Maslen & Mehra fashion the sculptures from wire and papier-mâché, completed with a decoupage technique of small tiles of archival prints. The narrative of each original plate is altered to highlight a variety of ideas tied to each theme.
Cash: For this collection the works explore bailouts, credit culture, housing bubbles, war as big business, the
commodification of food staples and the almost religious status that money has reached in
Clash: Social unrest from Istanbul to Athens, the use of social media to organize protests, fracking,
the charged debate concerning gun control and gun rights in the US and even the London
riots of 2011 feature.
Climate: This theme loosely covers environmental topics such as chronic pollution as a
heavy cost for economic power in China, melting ice caps, the opposing views of climate
change, El Niño, the legacy of radiation from Japans nuclear disaster and the untimely death of a
sperm whale in Spain from ingesting 17kg of plastics generated for British and European
Exhibition: 23 JUL - 2 October 2016 Towner Contemporary Art. Climate sculpture installation: Maslen & Mehra in collaboration with street artists Shuby and Delete.
Climate: This theme loosely covers environmental topics such as chronic pollution as a heavy cost for economic power in China, El Niño, melting ice caps, the opposing views of climate change, the legacy of radiation from Japans nuclear disaster and the untimely death of a sperm whale in Spain from ingesting 17kg of plastics generated by European supermarkets. Plate sculptures: wire, paper mache and archival photo decoupage.
48cm x 48cm x 5cm
sculpture: wire, paper-mache and archival photo decoupage
'For me, the most spectacular moments of thought were created by a collection of plates.
A nostalgic medium usually created in ceramics, but in this case recreated in papermache
in the hands of Maslen and Mehra, they are transformed into a sinister community
reflective tool addressing the political, cultural and moral decisions we make and
how they may be addressed as historical artefacts or moments in time. Almost mocking
the way in which we now live compared to our past, they highlight our obsession with
money, power and possessions.'