Stack of
Trays

2008

In a work like Stack of Trays, I take things from disparate categories and erase their differences. Cigarettes, candy, little dead animals, leftover food—they’re all thrown onto the trays and turned into one thing through the process of casting. They assume the same identity or status by being presented as a thing to look at. They go down to nothing and then come up again as a design.

I think of the trays as servant objects, usually overlooked in favor of what they are carrying. I like things that have complicated lives, like trays, ashtrays, empty glasses, and discarded wrappers. They are spent, exhausted, or discarded; somehow they have lost their status or maybe that status was never secure. They start out with a veneer of glamour, but it’s thin and gets worn away by hard use. When it’s over, it’s hard to remember that they once had allure.

Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, "The Potency of Ordinary Objects : A Conversation with Liz Magor", Sculpture Magazine, November 2012, p. 39.

Polymerized gypsum, chewing gum, found objects
25 × 45 × 47 cm

Private collection, Calgary