David Spriggs was born in 1978 in Manchester, England and immigrated to Canada in 1992; he is currently based in Montreal. His work has been shown in the United States and in multiple European countries; it is also part of the permanent collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
Transparency is undoubtedly a tool for control; it is rarely consensual and most often imposed. Through three transparent representations of luggage bags and their contents, we are urged to consider the broader issue of how transparency both facilitates and implies the overwhelming dominance of institutional power over our lives. With this piece Spriggs expands on his signature style of layering images in space to reveal these three-dimensional forms reminding us of x-ray imagery of airport surveillance technologies. The viewer is then invited to scrutinize the bags and their contents that serve three hypothetical identities of travelers.