Sarah Lucas

Human Toilet II

About this artwork

Sarah Lucas sits naked with a disconnected flush cistern on her lap in this self-portrait photograph, posing as a ‘human toilet’. With her head turned downwards and away she appears vulnerable and insecure, in contrast with the aggressive and confrontational stances seen in many of her other photographs. Lucas often uses toilets as found objects in her work, which bear resemblance to Marcel Duchamp’s iconic ‘Fountain’, (1917). She said, ‘Lavatories are the pits … hidden, dirty … they are everything we don’t want to see around us and yet they’re familiar to everyone.’

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Human Toilet II
  • date created:
    1996
  • materials:
    Colour IRIS print
  • measurements:
    74.00 x 49.00 cm (paper 76.10 x 56.30 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Sadie Coles HQ, 2003
  • accession number:
    GMA 4679 G
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas