Saturday Safari

Saturday Safari documents the temporary existence of sculptures created using clothing and accessories ‘borrowed’ from online retailers and returned under a 28-day free returns policy. Referencing totems of contemporary art to consider the art of documentation and the economics of artistic production, Saturday Safari mimics the early business models of web-based retailers (such as ASOS) who copied celebrity’s outfits, making their style accessible to everyday consumers. Staged and documented in a domestic setting, borrowing from languages of advertising, the poster images documenting the works are accompanied by vinyl lettered descriptions which detail the transaction through which their material components were acquired, and allude to a return to purpose after the works were disassembled.

Elke Finkenauer is a visual artist of New Zealand/German descent, living and working in Glasgow, United Kingdom and Auckland, New Zealand.