Agony and Ecstacy

Jessamy Calkin, The Daily Telegraph Magazine, June 9, 2011

Agony and Ecstasy.  Suffering and art collide in the painstaking creations of Jason Shulman.


In Jason Shulman's London studio an occassional, instant click is emanating from a glass dome near my elbow. Within the dome a rueful saga is being played out. A glass of water (silicone, actually) is standing on a plinth. Around the base of the glass, a Solpadeine pill is enacting a slow staccato dance, struggling to clamber into the water, in order, as its maker says, "to be a proper pain-relieving product". It never makes it.