‘Eternal Return’ is a physical manifestation of the artists’ interest in the structural drivers of production, consumption, and waste – and their discomfort with their own complicity in these unsustainable cycles. The project evokes the sense of disquiet and overwhelm that has come to define our contemporary era.
In the work, each model incorporates mirrors to create the illusion of an endless space. The first scene is based on familiar visions of a factory production line or online shopping behemoth, with dozens of cardboard boxes circling continuously. In the second, the mirrors create a vast interior space that begins the exhibition period almost empty, before progressively becoming crowded by more and more boxes of apparent consumer goods. The site of the work also connects to the evolution of commerce: from community connected local stores, to impersonal online entities delivering goods from across the globe.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.