My Dirty Secret is an experiential piece commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Spirit of 2012. It is borne from Kristina’s frustration as a disabled person battling to keep up with the housework. Through her attempts to maintain independence and a sense of control over her life, she inadvertently began making friends with her enemy, the household dirt.

Photograph of 9 different rolls of vibrantly coloured, patterned fabrics laying vertically across the frame.

Through a vibrant, immersive installation, Kristina will share the surprising results of this unlikely friendship and celebrate unnoticed splendour by transforming images of common household detritus into stunning fabrics and furnishings. The installation, made within a domestic setting, is a visual feast of quirky patterns and psychedelic tessellations running riot across walls, curtains, cushions and armchairs. The audience, enveloped within the heart of this colourful chaos, will find themselves submerged within a soundscape composed from domestic sounds and captured conversations; woven with audio description and creatively interpreted through BSL. Through humour and surprise, it will prompt visitors to observe the everyday in new ways. Will they still be so swift to vacuum under the sofa, or will they pause to re-imagine the discarded treasures beneath?
For images – furniture and furnishings, interactive elements and touring visit the My Dirty Secret Gallery

A single rice krispie lays on a carpet


Virtual exhibition

Explore the My Dirty Secret! installation online and access audio-descriptions, images and videos.
Young woman wearing a pinny and holding a feather duster sits listening to a telephone in front of a highly patterned wallpaper.