Never before has Tupperware appeared so alien and sexual. In these photographic editions by Jane Simpson, ‘Tupperware Floating in Milk I and II’, the famous everyday food containers and implements sail across the white plane in creamy, dreamy abstraction. Left to their own devices in the liquid, the utensils seem to ooze banality and sexuality in equal parts. Charged with phallic or gynaecological connotations, these obscure objects are intended to be licked and sucked, to slurp up and to spoon-feed.
Simpson’s photographs place playfulness with wordless poetry, their compositions a reminder of the Italian still-life painter Giorgio Morandi.
Jane Simpson (born 1965) trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, London.
In 1994 she was included in the seminal exhibition Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, curated by Damien Hirst, at the Serpentine Gallery, London; she was also selected to take part in the controversial Sensation exhibition of 1997. Her work is held in many public and private collections including the Saatchi Collection, the Arts Council of England, the British Council and the Colección Ciudad de Pamplona.
Recent solo shows include Tableau at CAC Malaga, 2004; Somewhere (between freezing and melting) there lies passion, Galería Javier López, Madrid and Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, 2004; A Three Way Conversation with Myself, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, 2005; Still Still Life, Javier Lopez Gallery, Madrid, 2006 and Jane Simpson, Gering & López Gallery, New York, 2008. Recent group shows include Valencia Biennale, 2005; kissingcousins, curated by Jane Simpson and Sarah Staton, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2007 and Weather Report (Art and Climate Change), Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno Canary Islands, 2007.
Jane Simpson lives and works in London.