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Jemma Egan - I don't have the time to get him back to the condition he deserves to be in

I don’t have the time to get him back to the condition he deserves to be in.
Jemma Egan

I don’t have the time to get him back to the condition he deserves to be in uses language taken from eBay listings of used Sony Aibo robot pet dogs listed in the past 12 months. The topic taps into a continued interest in the value (both monetary and emotional) that we place on objects and things. It contemplates the Aibo as an artefact of some aspect of current historical circumstance, representative of wider trends and realties: ageing populations, dependence on private rental markets, the planned obsolescence of tech hardware and software and the unique relationships we have developed with our possessions and extensions of ourselves. The video features a soundtrack ‘Max is a good lad’ by Sophie Mallett.

Jemma Egan is an artist from Liverpool, currently based in London. Her work uses objects to contemplate our particular moment in time, investigating ideas and languages of production, consumption, labour and taste. She engages with subjects in a way that considers the terms of their existence within the world. Recent solo exhibitions include Family Member at Lily Brooke; Turning to Dust at Assembly Point and It means more to me than most people at the Zabludowicz Collection. She graduated from MA Sculpture at The Royal College of Art in 2015.


The next artist showing is Izzy McEvoy, being invited by Jemma Egan.

…by artists is an artist-led curatorial programme, where selected artists present online work and invite their peers to create a succession of content around the yearly theme for a period of two weeks. This strand of AOS aims to create networks between continents of digital artists as the current exhibiting artist is then asked to invite the next artist to participate in the project, keeping the chain going. The digital collage created through the ongoing series will become automatic, exploring various ideas as it develops, and aims to form a conversation between peer groups and acts as a stage for presenting new work by emerging artists.

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