10 x 7.5 x 5cm approx
mixed media (smells fruity, with a hint of bubblegum)
'To build castles...(two)' 2009
8.7 x 6.2 x 3.5cm approx
mixed media (smells of chocolate)
'To build castles in the air' means to have ambitious dreams, to build projects in the mind and to imagine glowing pictures of what will be in the future (but what in all probability never will be) like a mirage.
My art practice is multi sensory and participatory and takes numerous forms, from my day to day work providing exhibition tours and workshops for visually impaired and blind people - to my multi sensory installations which I invite people to first see, touch, eat, smell and listen to, and then respond to, by making their own work - responses I document and use to feed back into my own making.
What links these things is my interest in the senses, their power to produce - through my artwork, narratives, memories and sensations. As I go about provoking and collecting these responses my work becomes a collaboration between my imagination and that of my participants. Through working in this way I face challenges, as I try to operate outside of art world 'boxes' that tend to separate out the areas of participation, exhibition, artist and audience.
These two pieces of work differ from the realities of my work above, they are 'the projects built in my mind'. On lifting the lid to each box you witness a mini exhibition including it's smell, and it's participants who are eating, climbing on and changing the work. A mirage? or a prophecy?