Using semiotics and cyborg theory as conceptual frameworks, this work aims to deconstruct normative systems of production and representation and look at the ways that we experience dependence. This work plays with the poppy aesthetics of production and commercial culture, and uses imagery and form that speak to an embodied vulnerability or dependence. Trust and Patience looks the nature of failure in collaboration. Collaboration systems demand vulnerability and mutual trust, and highlight differences in background and ability. When these differences cannot be compensated for, trust can be lost and vulnerability can be undermined. In considering how failure in collaboration often functions to both re- image structures, and re-think the aims of a project, Dutton disrupts the equilibrium of a public collaborative object to cause a re-thinking of its function as a whole.
Jacob Dutton is an Edmonton based artist whose work looks at the ways that identities are constructed through and manifest in our material surroundings, with a critical perspective on systems of representation and the semiotics of material. Looking at themes of performativity, narratives of independence, and intimacy, Dutton’s work aims to deconstruct normative systems of production and representation and look at the ways that we experience dependence. In using materials that reference mass production, Dutton’s work speaks to the ways that care and support fit into normative notions of productivity, and explore the impossibility of independence without being held up by countless supports and props.