Sunday, 22 May 2011

MADM Library Intervention 10th - 31st March

What lies Beneath 2011
Mixed Media: Nylon mesh, felt, human hair, dust, wax and pewter.  

Creating and installing this piece was really useful in that it enabled me to test out some new ideas, materials and engineer interactions within the library environment. In some ways this is very difficult space to use. It is very noisy visually and the choice of location was crucial given that my piece quite small with lots of surface detail and subtle textural qualities.
placing it at the back of the library within the special collections encouraged exploration of areas that were unknown to some; negotiating a passage through tightly spaced book shelves gave the potential for disorientation and claustrophobia before emerging into the light and space next to the huge window. Integrated onto the far end of the radiator, the piece required crouching and kneeling positions for closer visual examination and tactile engagement.
Deliberately challenging in terms of form and materials, there were some extreme reactions; One viewer expressed disgust and was unable to touch the matted felt, hair and wax. Some, who were not too sure but curious, engaged and then recoiled, others fondled the work laughing.

Gut, Gusset, Vessel 2011
Mixed Media:  Nylon mesh, felt, polyester threads.

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