College of Communications and Fine Arts Art Museum of the University of Memphis
Shara Plough: The Hunting Set

The Hunting Set continues Shara Rowley Plough’s seven-year exploration of conspicuous consumption and material culture. The installation, at first, depicts a benign English hunting party. However, by crocheting the installation from a waste material, Plough attempts to reveal the ugliness of manufactured aspiration. The hunt runs parallel to our desire to attain a material status that we have been taught to admire. Today, horses are seen as luxury pets tied to images of wealth and aristocracy. Are we commercially trained to want to mimic this status? Why do we insist on buying what we do not need and cannot afford? Though you may not be able to afford a horse, with resourcefulness, you can fabricate an economical hollow version of your very own! Viewers are charged with investigating their own notions of material consumption. installation views here

spool (detail from "The Hunting Set") horse (detail from "The Hunting Set")
The Hunting Set process detail. Horsehair and monofilament. 2014. The Hunting Set detail. Horsehair, glass, and monofilament. 2014.


This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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