Cleaners

These drawings are part of a body of work about labour and luxury. They show overlooked service staff cleaning hospital corridors, offices and shiny foyers.  The activity of cleaning and the cleaning equipment are the main focus. Rather than as portraits of individuals, the workers are represented as anonymous types, forgettable people who meld into the surroundings.

Painted with confident gestural swipes, there is also restraint with succinct mark-making combining observation and  descriptive abstraction of shapes. The limited palette (white, grey, yellow, blue) echoes the anodyne banal atmosphere of institutional non-spaces.



Drawing  of a kneeling figure (sourced from online promotional photos for maid service) cleaning a large  room with parquet floor (sourced from another online promotional photo for luxury flooring company). Presumably  both the adverts are aiming at the same demographic target.