Identity badges

The items we accumulate project a particular image of ourselves; a set of values and attributes that we aspire to, or associate with. In this series Gekko examines the contradiction between our desire for individuality and the need to belong.


Each artwork depicts an object: instantly recognisable and embodying particular qualities. Like much of Gekko's work however, the first impression can be misleading. The sharp contrast between the medium used (waste items rejected by consumer society) and the image of the finished product - especially that which is an archetype of luxurious perfection - produces a certain incoherence. This stylistic effect in counterpoint is peculiar to Gekko's work.

Just as the sculptures are not really what they appear to be; then possession of such items may not mark us out as individual or special; but instead simply a member of a different tribe.