Golden Ale speaks to the overlooked social dystopia surrounding the rising price of a pint across The British Isles. The work features a hand carved beer bottle cap plated in gold. The bottle cap acts as a setting for the central jewel which contains real golden ale. Seed pearls float inside to represent the head of the pint. The ring is a satirical take on the financial implications of buying a pint these days.
Golden Ale is part of the Fool's Gold series. The Fool's Gold treasures see the transformation of everyday objects under the imagined lens of a 21st century midas touch. The work investigates conventionally 'valuable' materials and their characteristics in order to examine how the functionality and use value of contemporary objects might be comprimised through the dystopian pursuit for 'luxury'. Each item transformed holds particular significance in representing lived socio-economic narrative.