Business As Unusual


Diana Shpungin, Business As Unusual, 2022
hand-applied graphite pencil on functioning turntable, vinyl record, seashell, and cast skeleton finger, with concrete, pedestal, and bricks
10 x 14 x 18 inches

A vintage turntable is completely coated in graphite pencil, yet remains functional as it spins in perpetuity. Placed atop it, is a large conch shell filled with concrete and a cast human skeletal finger inching out as if to see if it’s safe. The title, Business As Unusual, refers to both the resilience and avoidance often evident when recovering from distressing situations. The record is the first album ever purchased by the artist in the 1980’s. The sculpture is silent, the record makes no music.

photography: Etienne Frossard