We the People

2013
C-type photograph, 190 x 124 cm
Commissioned by Le Quartier, Centre d'art contemporain, Quimper.

 

We the People (after Pierre Cavellat) (2013) is a large-scale photographic work, featuring a judge’s robe and wig hung on a domestic garden washing line. Made in reference to a French judge and amateur artist, Pierre Cavellat, who created artistic works surreptitiously while judging courtroom trials, the image reworks a snapshot made by Cavellat at the start of his retirement. Young here considers law in relation to performance, and compares the official state pomp and power of the judge with the private and vulnerable sphere of the body, whilst the costume subtly suggests a chrysalis, or a moment of submission or servitude.