Peter Clarke (1929 - )
An Interior Decorator

mixed media
50 x 35cm

In a squatter camp life is unpleasant & inconvenient.
In order to make the reality of their situation tolerable
inhabitants have to spend a lot of time improvising in different
ways. Many even try & make their living spaces pleasant by
introducing colour into the bleak interior of their hovels.
Walls are covered with colourful pages from old picture magazines or
with sheets of labels for commercial products that have been rejected
& disposed of by printing companies because of some printing error.
One printed label repeated over & over a hundred, a thousand times,
becomes a pattern that is used the way wallpaper is when applied
inside a formally erected dwelling.
Coloured by an article she read plastered against her wall & by her
imagination this shack dweller would like to do a course in
decorating all kinds of interiors, starting from squatter settlements
to, yes, even castles in the air. Starting in her small way in her
humble surroundings, she believes there is no limit to how far you
can go once you have set your mind on doing something in particular.
From out of the mire of the squatter camp the sky can be the limit.

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