The Sensory Project Site,
2014 – 2016. Reinforcement steel wire, construction pine, bird netting,
sand, paperbark, external cladding pine needles.
H. 3500 cm W. 3000 cm D.6000 cm.
During my Master of Art by research degree, I built a Sensory Project Site to
test my projects at Federation University, Gippsland campus. Together both the qualities of
the site (pine plantation) itself and the physical materials informed
In my project titled 'Site,
Substance and Sensation,' I investigated how we find meaning in
contemporary art by other senses than visual. Through such
deliberations I analyse how this might manifest through art in ways
that are not yet immediately apparent between visible and invisible,
conscious and unconscious.
Formal abstraction is very
important to this suite of projects, as I do
not want the visitor's encounter with the works to be linear or
explicit – I wish for the visitor to have an immediate and direct
encounter or gestalt with the materials and the site. To realise the
work of art itself, the visitors' perception needs to engage by
physical responses through sensory experiences.
Through a discourse based on
theories of phenomenology and its studies in the meaning of
experiences, I am attempting to create conditions in which the visitor
can develop a heightened awareness of their conscious or unconscious
associations with sensory experience. Through setting up this quiet,
contemplative environment, visitors can draw his or her own, unique
meaning from the work.