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Joe Moss, Daniela Phillips: Fluffy Motel


Daniela Phillips’ “Fluffy” model motel was made in collaboration with Joe Moss’ Model Village installation. The cheerfully rendered motel reminds the viewer that every utopia needs cheap lodgings for travellers, or indiscreet couples requiring privacy.

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Model Village was a collaborative exhibition-making project developed over a residency Moss took part in at Eastcheap Projects, Letchworth Garden City (LGC) in 2022. Initially held at Take Courage Gallery in New Cross, London, it was commissioned on a larger scale as part of Sensing Place at NN Contemporary in Northampton.

The event addressed questions of ‘placemaking’ in new towns. During the program, participants were asked to make houses or public services out of any material and position them on a tabletop-gaming landscapes. There were no material rules. From assembled kebab napkins to pebbledash mini-houses, the collaborative world building facilitates exchange between people, and over time a logic, specific to each event, arose independently from any singular vision of what the ‘Model Village’ might be. The resulting sense of place, generated over the run of the program, captured the process of ‘culture’ arising naturally within the creation of a physical display.
Phillips is an artist and craftswoman working in London who creates tufted works often under the brand “Aquatic Petstore.”

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Weight.3 kg
Dimensions20 × 20 × 20 cm

Joe Moss, Daniela Phillips