David Fullarton [interviewed] is back with a new edition that makes me feel rather slap happy. It’s an artisanal fly swatter. You wield the art object with hand-forged steel, and you whack unsuspecting insects with laser-cut leather. When it’s not in use, the David Fullarton fly swatter can be displayed on a pine wall plaque, complete with laser etched type and a hand-crafted hook. A laminated diagram annotating the anatomy of the common house fly is included for reference.
Being the proprietor of a Ladybug Hotel as I am, I’m not not exactly advocating for the use of this object as an “instrument of insect annihilation.” Instead, maybe meditate on it. Ponder all the different materials that went into its creation. Consider how a household object can be art. Fullarton made the fly swatter at Oakland’s The Compound Gallery, and it’s available online in an edition of 20 pieces at their shoppe.
Per David: “Only 20 of these astonishing artifacts exist. And each was individually created, assembled and finished by me, for the sole purpose of furnishing you with a life filled with joy and free of insects. You know you can’t live without one.”