Interactive Art Installations
My work is about equipping witnesses and victims of sexual assault and human trafficking with a tool to anonymously oust predators. By taking The Help Code questionnaire and engaging with interactive installations of art, viewers have the opportunity to engage with this tool. A central panel containing a symbol Key, directions, a hand-held guide and groups of felted Help Code squares activate the installation. By reading the information people can interact with the Help Code.
The sculptures are divided into three groups, white wool heads which parody real-life human predators, gold wool reliefs of the victims or witnesses who ousted them, and birds (canaries). Connecting the gold and white heads are paths of black felted wool and on a shelf, squares of felted symbols from the Code. The installation is a matching game of finding felted squares that identify a predator and their crimes and placing it on a connecting wool paths to the person who ousted them.
All of the sculptures are made from sustainably raised and hand-processed wool from the threatened Lincoln sheep and dyed with low impact or natural, onion-skin dye. Touch is important in my work and offering viewers use of the tactile felted squares is a way to increase their connection to it. Substrates of steel or wood facilitate the presentation of the pieces.
The Ethics of Sheep, 2019. Felt, onion skin and acid dye, wood, steel. 9' x 45.5' x 21.5'.