Danica Phelps

21 Jun 2008 – 26 Jul 2008

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London, United Kingdom

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Danica Phelps's practice involves assiduously cataloguing her daily expenditures and every-day activities over designated blocks of time. Since 1996 she has developed an elaborate diagrammatic identificatory system to document every single financial transaction--where each dollar is represented visually by a single stripe of watercolour: green for incomings, red for outgoings and grey for credit. Through a combined installation of intricate week-at-a-glance financial charts and point by point daily diaries with complimentary figurative line drawings, Phelps creates a sensitive, systemic documentation of life's repetitious rituals such as taking a shower, making love, grocery shopping, paying her utility bills or daily encounters with friends. At the same time, she has used this methodology as a basis to actively address her role as an artist and the tenets of inimitability, creative value and exchange within the art market. This has seen her repeatedly tracing and regenerating her sold drawings and then re-selling them as generational facsimiles or trading her work with other artists and writers in exchange for examples of their work.


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