Sun, Sea and Sand
© The Artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery London

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Sun, Sea and Sand 1995
This piece consists of one hundred fabric-covered bowls laid out on a blue floor. The batik fabric is commonly associated with Africa, but in fact the technique is Indonesian and the cloth was exported to Africa by the West. Ironically, the bright colours and exuberant design of the fabric became associated with African nationalism. The empty bowls signify famine and poverty, while the way in which they are displayed on the floor is reminiscent of African traders laying out goods on the ground to sell. The blue floor represents the sea while the title of the work refers to luxurious and indulgent foreign holidays.

Glossary Open


Method of decorating fabric using wax or another dye-resistant substance to create a design. The areas covered by the wax retain the original colour of the fabric following dyeing.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4224
  • Medium Dutch wax-printed cotton textile, 1000 polystyrene bowls, wallpaper paste, painted mdf floor covering.
  • Size Dimensions variable
  • Credit Purchased with funds from the donations box 1998