alt text
Sarah Browne, Zero Hour Contract, 2014. Shetland knitting belt and modified clock (leatherette, steel, metronome). Installation view at Irish Museum of Modern Art, July 2021-2022. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

‘Sarah Browne elucidates historical precedence on “how surplus time is exploited in contemporary life” with an accomplished pairing of artefacts. A curious leather pouch stuffed with horsehair is revealed as a Shetland Island knitting belt, used to enable the female wearer to carry out one-handed knitting, thus freeing up the other hand to engage in some form of concurrent labour. Meanwhile, a subdued but regular ticking is audible from the wall-mounted Zero Hour Contract – a modified clock, whose workings have been obscured by black [leatherette] held taut within its circular steel rim. Resembling a total solar eclipse, the pensive haloed disc summons both primeval natural rhythms and contemporary labour patterns to address the possibility of ever “clocking off”. Viewed alongside [the knitting belt], the shadowy portal actively functions as a black hole in the myth that pressurised multi-tasking is a modern-day, technological or urban phenomenon.’                                              

– Joanne Laws, Art Monthly, March 2015 no. 384                  

Attached documents

No items found.
No items found.

First exhibited with Hand to Mouth at The Pattern Exchange, curated by Rosie Lynch and Hollie Kearns at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, 2015.