Mug of Shame

December 2017 - Print work on ready-made


A mug is a daily reassuring item passed along in the family, community, or their informal guests, fulfilling placably various functions of a beverage container, plant pot, pen holder, ... What if the mug was uncomfortably displaying some unwanted informations about a member of the household? Would it lose its versatile functions?


I printed some shameful BDSM party portrait photos on a mug for a friend. She was surprised to receive them in this medium and felt the need to only use use the mug in the restricted space of her bedroom. Bearer of a secret, the mug lost its community utensil quality to become a individualised object to hide as a shameful memory. To use a photo more than words or a drawing incriminates its protogonists as a fact in an investigation. 

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