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Kopje Koffie

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Kopje Koffie Installation

Sharyn Wortman FRSA

United Kingdom

Installation, Found Objects on Other

Size: 53 W x 57 H x 53 D in

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Since moving to Hong Kong, Sharyn Wortman has found herself in a deeper discourse about cultural identity and the effects of Colonialism. Her point of departure for this series is an experience she had growing up with her Dutch father in Australia. During their weekend breakfast routine, her father invented a game for his children. The game involved a small wooden coffee grinder. “I didn't think about it back then, it was only a game, but my father was very clever in getting someone else to grind his morning coffee.” In this latest series of work Wortman has taken vintage coffee grinders and re-contextualized them. These readymade sculptures relate to a specific period in Indonesia when the Dutch East India Company introduced a cultivation program, Cultuurestelsel (1830-1870). During this time indigenous farmers were forced to grow cash crops such as coffee instead of rice. This system was open to abuse and eventually lead to widespread food shortages and famine. Each sculptural installation is activated through the viewers’ involvement. As a handle is turned in Kopje Koffie (2019), rice is ground instead of coffee. By making the audience complicit in the activation of her artwork Wortman hopes to engage the audience in a dialogue regarding the social issues that arise from these hegemonic episodes in history and question how it echoes through to our lives today.

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Installation:Found Objects on Other

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:53 W x 57 H x 53 D in

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Born in Melbourne, Australia Sharyn completed an Honours Degree in Visual Communication at Melbourne University in 1991. She then worked as an Art Director in Advertising for the next 10 years before launching her own luxury tea brand that won numerous food and design awards worldwide. (www.todaywasfun.com) She has recently retuned to London after living in Hong Kong for 4 years. During her time there she completed a full time degree at Hong Kong Art School/RMIT majoring in Ceramics. "Everything I do has to be conceptually sound. the starting point is the idea, the medium follows."

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