Using inflated latex balloons and pigmented polyurethane foam, these sculptures’ component materials create a symbiotic relationship, whereby the breath within the balloons supports the poured foam, and this hardened outer layer simultaneously reinforces the tensile latex forms. This interrelationality highlights the process-led methodology with which each sculpture has been made.
Simplified actions of pouring, splashing and throwing liquid colour are recorded in its materiality as it rapidly sets and congeals, capturing each bodily gesture that has been channelled into the performative activities of making. Underlying these dynamics, the initial breath which gave form and structure to each inflatable at the very start of the making process is also a key force which determines the scale, tension, surface and overall character of the resulting sculptures.
Working on an increasingly human scale has resulted in the production of sculptures which become three-dimensional colour fields. These range from constellations of encrusted, planetary forms to larger, body-scale works, which internally exhibit the residue of the action of popping the inflated latex balloon, in turn creating two-tone colour environments.
These sculptures were exhibited at 'Alchemy' Degree Show, School of Design, University of Leeds, 15th-23rd June 2017. An exhibition of final-year work from students on the BA (Hons) Art & Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic & Communication Design and Textile Design courses.