A series of work made between 1988 and 1991 from recycled rubber inner-tubes. Here on show at the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield.
The sculptures and drawings were developed with this installation in mind. The walls of rubber were cut and woven, the sculptures, sewn, knotted and wound and the drawings were inspired by female mythology stories. The work came out of a playful response to the materials inherent qualities and from extensive research about it's history. Looking particularly at the origins of rubber in Brazil, its prorogation for industrial use in the nineteenth century and the story of Chico Mendes, the head of the Brazilian Rubber Tappers Union in the 1980's. Chico Mendes became a hero after he was assassinated by the local logging families because they didn't like the fact that he was campaigning against logging and deforestation. His murder attracted international press and put the issue of the deforestation of the Brazilian rainforest on the map. Images here show a rubber tree with latex weeping out, rubber samples and his home in Xapori, taken when Susan went on a pilgrimage to research his life and see his home and the forests where rubber originates.
Measurements: 6 metres high
Material: rubber inner-tubes and thread
Provenance: Sheffield UK