Temporary Decomposition (100 balloons)
My current work is concerned with juxtaposition between industry (durable) and the domestic (organic), which addresses my interest in the abject body as a vessel. I explore the liminal spaces of the human experience, negotiating the threshold between the organic and the inorganic. The strong presence of industry I experienced around me as a child allows me to explore the process of metal fabrication that evokes ideas in relation to scale, space and weight. My focus on monumental structures that concur with minimal forms brings into focus the ‘human,’ and how heavy materiality forms a relationship with the movement through space.
Central to my practice is the dialogue between materials such as plastic, balloons and latex that possess external, sensual and human qualities of skin pigments and texture. My use of organic substances such as lard, jelly and beans focus on the internal fragmented space of human flesh. A temporal quality is explored through decomposition, containment and the uncertainty of the organic materials. My work rests in suspense between life and death; how forms transcend into a temporary state of destruction. The work procures a jarring yet intimate dialogue that questions the fine line between sculpture and installation.
Temporary Decomposition (100 Balloons) alludes to the body: fragments of flesh and skin. The plastic sacks suspend in space, subtly enticing the potential of a fall and the anticipation of the balloons relinquishing their contained sacks. My use of jelly as an organic substance explores its temporality and the decomposing process of mould growth.