This humble artistic gesture elevates the meditative tea break to a self-deprecating artwork (originally produced for The Art Car Boot Fair in 2006). The ephemeral nature of thought and ideas as well as British Identity, transfixed in this most simple and metaphorical of biscuits – everyone has a story. The handwritten dated signature reinforced by the confident bitemark - alluding perhaps to the moment of inspiration as well as to lost innocence.
Gavin Turk was born in Guildford, 1967, and studied at the Royal College of Art. In 1991, he was denied his MA degree from the college having exhibited only a blue heritage plaque of his name on the white walls of the exhibition space. This is the same plaque printed on Turk’s Pretty Taxing disc sleeve.
Questioning the originality and authenticity of art has led to Turk’s eminence as one of the young British artists, and has resulted in his work being collected by Tate Modern, London; Charles Saatchi; Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK and Victoria and Albert Musuem, London.