Sweep Well

A project where we were given a regular broom to work with, and asked to ‘Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that’ (Jasper Johns).

I loved the odd exhortation to sweep well that the manufacturer had branded onto the broom head, as it seemed more gentle encouragement than cleaning instruction.

I made connections to the phrases sleep well and fare thee well and wanted to incorporate these into the piece. The movement – a gentle swing when the broom is pushed – is more cradle rock than vigorous clean, and the multiples of other brushes tied to the broom with customised ribbon act as good luck tokens.

A video of Sweep Well installed at Push 107 (London, UK) in 2012.