EMBRACE: The things that unite us
EMBRACE: The things that unite us.
Interactive installation of ‘huggable’ soft sculptures. Visitors were invited to breach the 4th gallery wall and touch, squeeze or embrace the tactile pieces incorporating scent, responsive light or sound, or other sensory stimulation.
Large scale ‘sensory icons’ , each corresponding to a different emotional postures we bring into one-to-one relationships. Made from vintage kimonos, mingling high and low status materials in non-traditional ways to demonstrate the beauty of cultural integration. Thick with layers of soft foam and bamboo, hand and machine tailoring was used to construct cases of textured silk repurposed from vintage and ceremonial kimonos.
Conceived in the wake of rising social and political divisiveness in 2016, initial responses to lost the art of civil discourse asked: Could the universal language of the embrace step in? What is required from us when we do? Hexagons on each piece represent ‘seals’ covering the emotional scars - the hurts that unite us all. Hexagons are a recurrent symbols in Japanese design, with auspicious meanings of communication, balance, good fortune and union.
Photos: Liz Gorman