Elgin Rust

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Trading Daisy is a performative site-specific intervention in the form of a trade auction by the artist Elgin Rust. Up for auction is "Daisy", made from 16 pieces of cotton wood and standing at 58 x 73 x 30 cm. The model for this artwork was "Daisy", an inflatable sex toy. The winning bid will not be based on traditional value (i.e. Rand's) but reflect a personal value in relation to currency. What is the worth of a handmade artwork in comparison to commercial trading? How is cultural currency determined?

Over the three Fringe fair days, interested bidding parties are encouraged to engage with the artist to discuss trading offers. Potential trade offers could include and are not exclusive to:

  1. Development of a web presence
  2. Cover of studio rental
  3. Art material sponsorship
  4. Free massage for one year
  5. Flight to the next Dakar biennale

Bidding will close Sunday. Final trade will be concluded on Monday the 14th September.


Elgin Rust was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1974. After receiving her BA(FA) in 2007, Elgin completed her MFA with distinction at the University of Cape Town in 2010. Focusing mainly on sculptural interventions, she nonetheless makes use of a wide range of media. Sound, video and performance all feature in her investigations, which often are interdisciplinary, straddling the realms of art, law and media. The notion of using the legal structures in her aesthetic endeavours has influenced many of her works, giving rise to what she termed "aesthetic redress". Elgin has participated in numerous group shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as participating in workshops such as the Dwayer Workshop (Alexandria, EG 2009), OpenLab (Richmond, ZA 2014) and Cascade (Johannesburg, ZA 2014). Judgement-Uitspraak 2011, was her first solo exhibition at The AVA Gallery, Cape Town. Currently she is part of the collaborative project, Karoo Disclosure showing at the IZIKO National Museum. This collaborative art project (performance, installation, photography, costume, sound, music & video) looks at the effects of shale gas exploration (fracking) on land, people and the environment.