In Bathing, Bask
Hand-dyed nylon, mixed plastics, fibreglass, and sand.
Installation dimensions vary.
In Bathing, Bask considers how spaces can act as a supportive environment for stimming, sensory processing and soothing the nervous system.
Living with a highly sensitised central nervous system is like ‘living with the volume turned up on all your sensory inputs’ – everything is too loud, too busy, too much. In Bathing, Bask is a series of undulating textile spaces that transform gallery spaces into a stimulatory playgrounds for interactive fun, sensory play, and self-regulation.
Gallery visitors are invited to enter and explore the inflatable spaces. For me, being inside these spaces is like bathing in pure hue – everything is filtered by the colour of the hand dyed textile shell. There are no corners; floor, walls and ceiling melt into one another, and the light is diffused. The gentle hum of a fan dulls outside sounds. In Bathing, Bask presents intense and uncomplicated sensory information. In effect, the active and simplified stimulation starts to turn down the volume.
8-29 May 2021, Toi Pōneke Gallery, Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, Te Whanganui-A-Tara, Aotearoa
16 May - 1 July 2022, Whakaari Gallery, Te Atamira, Frankton, Queenstown, Aotearoa
Out of Order Exhibition, curated by Amy Claire Mills. 7 September - 3rd December 2022. Granville Centre Art Gallery, Granville, NSW, Australia.
The development of works in this exhibition received support from Creative New Zealand, and Terry Lobb Colour and Design Consultancy.