As part of an exhibition responding to the themes of Annette Messager’s 'Les Interdictions' installation, I created a series of body-scale sculptures which deals directly with the prohibition of touch in the formality of the gallery space today. This show took place in November 2017 at the King's Cross campus of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
Situating tactility and sensory exploration at the core of the work, I sought to emphasise how society’s dependence on mobile phones and other addictive technologies has created a repression in the way we fail to fully experience the material world around us.
Using colour to attract the eye, then texture, form, weight and balance to interact with the viewer’s other physical sensations, this installation aimed to subvert the conventional rules of the gallery space and liberate the art-audience from the prohibition of touch. While the implementation of spray-painted artificial turf as a base for this work was an effort to make the viewer feel at play with the interactive, vibrantly pigmented polyurethane foam sculptures.