Do they owe us a living?

In 2019 I carved the letters of the alphabet out of rubber to make a set of stamps.

I made ‘Do they owe us a living?’ with the offcuts of rubber left over from this project. Each offcut suggests the memory of the letter it was carved from, as well as possibilities for experimental mark-making.

Each of these six prints is a simple gesture describing how nothing can be something. This work is about

the hidden labour in being unproductive
the dignity in being discarded
the work in not-working

I dedicate it to unemployed workers all over the world.


Part of the work of being an artist is not succeeding.

© Emma Davidson 2020