Fountain X appears as an unspectacular bucket, one that is commonly found on building sites or in gardening sheds throughout England. At regular intervals throughout the day, a short, but dramatic burst of water sprays from the bucket straight into the air. Fountains were historically developed for functional purposes, providing societies with access to clean drinking and bathing water, but with the advancement of technology, their purpose has transformed into decoration and sensation. The inspiration for this work draws specifically from a fountain of similar scale that Ho saw in a Guangzhou shopping mall. Underscoring the impracticality of this architectural feature, this particular fountain was accompanied by a worker who mopped up the excess water that overshot the fountain’s base following each spouting. Here at Cass Sculpture Foundation, the mundane receptacle is intentionally inadequate in scale to accommodate the spectacular stream emitted from the fountain. It sits as a humble reminder of the use of fountains in historical landscape design and the enjoyment such features can still bring to their environments, despite their futility.
About The Artist
Rania Ho is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, drawing, installation and performance. She often employs a humorous, unexpected approach to everyday objects and situations in her works. Ho studied interactive design and her work often considers how ‘users’ respond to their surrounding environment. Ho’s works can be seen to resemble games, however they often carry socially critical observations that are produced or reproduced through the performative action of the viewer. Her un-monumental works often employ absurdity as a means of interrogating broader social or cultural concerns.