Photographs by Andy Keate, courtesy of Gasworks, London.

 

Inert being is a set of 28 identical soy wax tablets, showing the image of a bouquet of flowers in counter-relief. Throughout the exhibition Female Executioner at Gasworks, London, one of these tablets was mounted on a Unicol pole in an open doorway, while the other 27 were stacked against a wall; they were rotated daily. In Monsieur Venus: a Materialist Novel by Rachilde, Raoule de Vénérande sends her mistress Jacques Silvert a bouquet of immaculate white flowers daily. He is scared to think why they are white, and why they are immaculate: perhaps because, unlike an actress who puts red flowers in her ante-room five days a month, he does not menstruate, and is constantly available to his suitor.