Debra Franses-Bean creates identical, crystal - clear handbag sculptures containing a plethora of desirable objects - often the kind whose appeal is short-lived. Bean mummifies her objects in a chic resin coffin, they are satisfying in a way that the actual experience of consumption can never be by prolonging the moment, held forever in time. Her Artbags contain wads of cash, slick handguns, designer lipstick tubes, lollypops and all manner of objects denoting both high and low levels of comfort, prestige and style.
They take their cue from kitschy elements of popular culture, referencing both pop art and postmodernism's endeavours to embody these ideals. The relentless repetition of this as a form and concept is replete with notions of the mass manufactured products that contribute to society's increasingly cluttered landscape of stuff. Jenni Higginbotham & Amy Rose Enskat 2014.