A late addition to the series of Mr and Mrs Primitive Figure pieces. The first two were made in small editions many years ago. One depicted the couple rejoicing in their ownership of a Lava Lamp. In the other they are dancing to a Jane Fonda workout video. It’s thought that none of these was offered for sale; they were probably all given as Christmas presents. This version is unique, larger and more finely wrought than its predecessors. The thought behind it is the same rather snobbish idea that the lust for novelty in consumer goods is a feature of the primitive psyche rather than of the superior intellect. Dismayingly, I recently found myself in conversation with a distinguished theatre director who confessed to an almost ecstatic fervour whenever he had reason to visit his water closet. I’m ashamed to say that we both went to view my own installation and compared closing times. He claimed that his settled more gracefully than mine but next time I visit his house I’ll take a stopwatch.
This piece is made from rare and costly materials: chapel-seasoned pitch pine, pneumatic skiver lambskin, phosphor bronze, lime wood from the Northern Forests and, for the seat itself, the most flawless affordable boxwood.
Text on back: “For countless millennia, the soft-close toilet seat has been an unattainable pipe dream. Now it is within the grasp of almost anyone”.
Width 26 cm x Depth 14 cm x Height 27 cm Signed and dated 17. 10.19.