• Chantel Matthews

Lenka Clayton

Updated: Jun 21, 2020


63 Objects Taken from my Son's Mouth

2013 / acorn, bolt, bubblegum, buttons, carbon paper, chalk, Christmas decoration, cigarette butt, coins (GBP, USD, EURO), cotton reel, holly leaf, little wooden man, sharp metal pieces, metro ticket, nuts, plastic “O”, polystyrene, rat poison (missing), seeds, slide, small rocks, specimen vial, sponge animal, sticks, teabag, wire caps, wooden block / size laid out as shown 40" x 40" x 1"

Objects removed from my son's mouth on safety grounds, between the ages of 8 - 15 months.  

Made during An Artist Residency in Motherhood.

Paragraph from CR

In contrast to Nikau Hindin, crafting with natural materials,63 Objects taken from my Son’s Mouth by interdisciplinary artist, Lenka Clayton lends itself towards nurture.Using readymade objects, Clayton shares an intimate insight into the relationship between mother and son through a simple act of observation and momentary discovery. Clayton gives access to the monotonous everyday life of motherhood in what Clayton describes her practice “exaggerates, and alters the accepted rules of everyday life[1]Sharing her son's journey, we are left to experience childhood nostalgia through an archive of the readymade. Through their display, they become sculptural as their formal properties are revealed through their arrangement and ordering.

[1]." Lenka Clayton is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers, exaggerates, and alters everyday life's accepted rules, extending the familiar into the poetic and absurd. (“Http://Www.Lenkaclayton.Com/New-Page-1,” n.d.)