London – Artist Juno Calypso’s The Salon is a commentary on our current obsession with self-improvement, beauty rituals and wellness.
Located in Galeria Melissa, the Covent Garden flagship store of Brazilian footwear brand Melissa, The Salon is dystopian installation that questions the cult of beauty. Visitors to the installation enter the basement of Galeria Melissa to find a room saturated in a sinister red light, with mannequins set up in various positions as if they were patients at a sinister spa. Calypso created a spa-like scent of honey mixed with disinfectant as well as a bespoke soundtrack. ‘I’m really interested in how people use self-improvement, and the ways it can go wrong,’ the artist told Wallpaper. ‘It’s a bit like really bad science fiction.’
The installation aims to question the darker side of the self-care industry and explores similar sentiments to Bompas & Parr’s Spa of Unconcious Desires, which was on show at the Mondrian Hotel during London Design Week 2017.