Jay will create a simulated sweatshop at Company of Strangers. He will remain in the space for 24 hours with only six ten-minute tea breaks, replicating sweatshop conditions experienced by workers overseas.
The artist will cut fabric from a roll, sew together the garment, print an image on it before placing the garment on a rack. The audience will then be invited to take the product, as long as they do not enter into a system of exchange., i.e. they are not allowed to give the artist anything directly in return.
The time to produce each shirt varies between 40 and 60 minutes. Customers will consider the value of the tee shirt produced and decide what they believe to be a worthy donation. Customers will be then able to pick them up after the installation is finished.
My art practice explores concepts of labour, value and exchange. The project was initially conceived to highlight the labour that is involved with producing the everyday products that we, (the consumer) are familiar with.
Based in Dunedin, Jay has exhibited all over the country and works with a number of mediums, including hand-embroidery, drawing, video and fabric construction. His recent work has explored the fetishisation of products, the devaluation of the worker in society and the decaying economic system.