Chish ‘n’ Fips


Painted bronze
5 x 12 x 19 cms
2004

A bronze cast of used polystyrene chip tray painted to look real with pieces of resin to resemble chip residue.

Finding beauty in the trashy and ugly, Turk gives the polystyrene used chip tray – alongside with its cousin the burger tray – a grandiose makeover, transforming rubbish into art in the form of a painted bronze sculpture. The remains of a traditional English dish and cheap street food for the masses, Turk’s chip trays become elegiac and nostalgic relics not just of a hearty meal but a set of cultural values which appear to be rapidly vanishing.