Acrylic, epoxy resin, spray paint, western red cedar
132 x 99 x 7
My sculptural installation practice and research is based upon site specific and site responsive works of art that explore the transformation and experience of space. The relationship between space, body and emotion is central to to my practice, resulting in works that often evoke a complex of feelings, including joy, unease and wonder. By disrupting the reassuring right-angles of conventional architecture, my sculptural works can destabilise our embodied assumptions about the spaces in which we live and work. In particular, I have been drawn to psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s concept of the shadow. The shadow is the part of our personality that is instinctive and hidden from our conscious minds. Unlike the collective subconscious, each person’s shadow is unique, formed of our irrational fears and neuroses. If ignored, these unresolved emotional states lash out, seeking freedom in oft-destructive ways, and are liable to psychological projection, in which a perceived personal inferiority is recognised as a perceived moral deficiency in others. I am interested in how art, architecture and design can operate metaphorically for our own psychological states. A unique balancing act of harmony and variety, chaos and order, and light and dark take place within each discipline, and also within ourselves. My work explores how the barriers that we erect in our minds and the walls we build in the physical world can operate in the same way.