Through tropes of participation and play, my practice seeks to reconsider the role of the viewer within the realms of sculptural reception. Utilising tactile soft sculpture, my work invites gallery visitors to engage beyond visual reception by occupying active, participatory roles through touch and immersion.
This seeks to side-step the traditional ‘banking’ style of arts reception by materialising democratic and hybrid processes of creation, engaging shared dialogue and collective meaning-making. Thus implementing an audience-centred approach, whereby gallery visitors able to take ownership over their experience.
As gallery visitors experience the contents of my exhibition, I hope that they feel involved, have the ability to take ownership over their experience and are able to engage in meaningful encounters with others around them. Gallery visitors may also begin to reconsider and reflect upon their institutional role within the gallery as they shift from passive to active states of experience.