Abstract Negotiations of Intimacy
This project investigates the real life experience of touch juxtaposed against a psychological narrative, which considers the body as a singular entity in the world. Touch is not just a haptic contact but an emotional bond between ourself and our world.
The skin functions as our threshold. It encapsulates us in and allows us to communicate out. Without touch a ‘void’ emerges - the interaction between body and world become detached. Seeking out platonic human-to-human touch in unconventional and abstract ways has become a resultant ramification for living in a culture of touch deprivation.
An emporium of touch has been established and commodity created within a societal imbalance making it possible to go to ‘fill up’ on what should be, but no longer exists as an instinctive interaction for many. Reclaiming the skin is at the core of the embodied experience confronted at these ever-growing in popularity, cuddle parties; for touch is that which ‘permeates the entire body.’ Considering conscious touch in such an environment allows it to once again be placed at the very centre; where the other senses and experiences that are often at the forefront of our existence, flow out from and through it.
The gesture of touch is performed within a group dynamic as they coalesce into one body, working to ensure maximum gratification of the self.
The portraits divulge where the distinction between inside and out, person and world can become indistinguishable, rooted in the present-day. They sit with photographs which are more intentionally literal representations of sociological experiments then further contrasted against haptically charged elements of when emotion and touch collide.
The Domestic Aviary
Confinement or Sanctuary? Both words could be used to describe the condition of the birds in this project. A metaphor for the idea that we as people can fly as far as we want to but are confined or constrained by our own lives and commitments.These interiors, coupled with pet birds either flying free or becoming an ornamental part of the room, give a powerful reference to our conscious understanding of freedom and its limits and possibilities.
The photographs draw upon a custom that has developed in the best interest of the birds. Born tame, they can no longer survive in the wild. The bird owners become protectors -whilst the birds themselves become members of the family; nurtured, cared for and -for a brief moment -freed from their cages and allowed to fly freely within the confinement of the home.
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
Is Love Really Like A Taylor Swift Song?
Love is a complex and dynamic part of life. Falling in Love is an experience that people cherish and celebrate. It is one we (particularly girls) dream about.
The girls in these photographs have never been in Love yet they are as invested in the idea of love as a bride on her wedding day.
There are 100's of songs written by artists about how amazing love is and how the songwriter experienced it.
In these portraits the girls are singing songs which they have chosen because they feel they have given them an insight into the experience. Their facial expressions and body language demonstrate how 'lost in the moment' they are.