Cunt Be Bothered

  only losers left alive    

Cunt Be Bothered (2021)

Samuel Xun

Quilted and ruffled pieces, synthetic metallic lamé, synthetic tinsel knit, Swarovski crystal embellishments, polyster wadding


This abstractly-shaped piece is a visual representation of the artist’s personal dating history. As a series of modular quilts, the pieces are strung together to form a sculptural tapestry of sorts, each representing a past encounter. The texture of the soft sculpture takes reference from films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blonds (1953) and Gone with the Wind (1939), in which hedonism is used as a coping mechanism for failure in romance. The quilts are individualistic in character, with the scale and extravagance of each drawing ironic parallels to the quality of the person they represent. Xun likens the curatorial proposition here - the end of the world - to the demise of a relationship or dating situation, which would prompt a period of questioning and self-doubt in him. As he puts it: “My reaction each time would be to dissect my dating history in the form of a wall-of-shame quilt, to say that these people, represented by each individual quilt, have wasted my time. I guess the choice of materials have always been a way to mask these insecurities with something campy and beautiful.”

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