A Rake’s Progress

Installation: 8 etchings (297 × 420 mm each) with silver leaf; gilded credit cards, envelopes
A trail of opened letters spills across the floor indicating their recipient’s sudden departure, hurried in a state of fear or panic. The debris left in his wake tells the story of a man’s demise through the reckless allocation of credit and the savagery of debt. Amongst the ruins shattered ‘plastic’ and scattered ephemera glints madly with the illusion of capital.
A Rake’s Progress is a contemporary adaptation of William Hogarth’s 18th century satirical work of the same name, retold in light of the recent financial crisis.