Teeth Lolly
Articulated Ashtray
Articulated Jaw Ashtray

I am not a smoker. At least, not anymore. I liked the irony of the idea of making an ashtray that wasn’t really about smoking but about giving form, or a visual to the seductive appeal and disgust that you feel sometimes even as you inhale. I almost enjoyed smoking partly because it reminded me of my mortality.

For over a year now, I’ve been collecting bags of rubbish from my dentist. In one allotment there was half of a mold of someone’s mouth, I thought doubled, it would make a perfect vessel. I have a dark sense of humor so I quickly thought of the shape and idea of teeth as a grotesque ashtray.  However I thought if it was made in bronze, slick and shiny, it would have an abject attraction. After I made this, I read that Damien Hirst said that smoking shows a life cycle and that an ashtray is like a crematorium. I like that sentiment, even though I don’t entirely like him.

Articulated Ashtray

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© Kyla Harris 2017.

Kyla Harris’s recent body of work stems from numerous NHS appointments and her experience of restricted mobility. Her installations and sculptures are of surrealistic domestic objects made from primarily used or expired medical supplies. Notions of dis/comfort, sustainability and the home are left as remnants of subverted interiors for the viewer to experience. Because of Harris's disability, much of her sculpture is collaborative. She has carers or personal assistants that construct and assist in the making of her work.

The artworks and journal of Kyla Harris