The teacups titled Consuming Conversation are a variant edition of 200 cups constructed from recycled tin cans from 2001-2003 as a commentary about our consumer society. Each cup has a different product identity. It symbolizes the fact that we go shopping as social interaction and entertainment.
On the top of each cup are words or comments inspired by advertising. Each letter is cut from various tin cans. Tinted resin fills each cup to almost overflowing as if it were filled with "tea", a metaphor for the overabundance in our society.
A concealed rod holds each stack of cups together in a precarious position. A position mirrored in our current economy of overspending and consuming without regard to realistic finances.
Recycled steel "tin containers", sterling silver and brass handles, 10 k. gold rivets.
2 5/8" height of a cup and saucer
6" diameter of saucer
13" height of stack
Available for purchase or exhibition.
Retail price: $3,200
TOP TO BOTTOM:
cup: “1025 Hours FREE AOL”
saucer: “Lambertz" cookies
cup level: “the wait is over”; 10k gold rivets
cup: “1025 Hours Free AOL”
saucer: same with silver eagle
cup level: “The Next Trend Here” cup: orange with Chinese lettering in red
saucer: orange with crackers and teacup
cup level: “Collector’s Edition Of Tin Cups make a bold choice”
cup: “Critelli’s ….Extra Virgin Olive Oil”
cup level: “Does price establish value”;
cup: Life Saver candies
saucer: “Life Savers Candy Canes”
cup level: “Save later Buy More More”