Photograph by Matthew Arthur Williams, courtesy of Transmission, Glasgow.


Carmen after James Bidgood and Jean Genet is a sculpture that was part of the exhibition But what was most awful was a girl who was singing at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow. It is an ersatz rose bush made of chicken wire, plaster, paper, spray paint and more into which are inserted real cut roses. It is named after Carmen, a character in Jean Genet's play The Balcony (1957) who is faithful to her employer and her fantasies.

This work accompanied the printed and pasted text work A reunion (2016), which stood paralell with it, hidden by a rough-shod wall, a few untitled window murals in sprayed rubber, and Chantal after James Bidgood and Jean Genet (2016), a video work screened in the gallery's basement.