Ants, silverfish, dust mites and an army of other tiny creatures inhabit my home – their presence is as ubiquitous as the carpeted floors. My interactions with these micro-fauna frequently remind me of a game. Ants find food; food source is removed; I get careless and there is another food source, together with a line of ants. Silverfish live for up to 8 years eating sugar, books and clothing. Dust mites feed off my very being, nourished by flakes of dead skin that have fallen from my body. Any attempt to collectively eradicate these creatures is ultimately futile. Although individuals are helpless against my advances, their great numbers give them the upper hand and prompt me to question, ‘whose home is it?’.
Space Invaders (dust mite, Argentine ant, silverfish) (2013)
Salvaged carpet, MDF. Dimensions 360 x 240 (h) cm.