GRIEF SHROUD | 2007
A STUDY INTO EMOTIONALLY RESPONSIVE MATERIALS
I have a drive to understand how, as Humans, we can better understand ourselves. In particular feelings and emotions that we don't feel we have access to, but exist within our sub conscious mind.
When studying my BA I created a film, Boxed Emotion (linked asset 1), through which I amied to create a platform, through playing out the ritualistic meeting of the 'spiritual' sub conscience and the conscious aspect of our mind to communicate. The key emotions I focused on were the primal emotions - love, lust and grief. Photographs / Films of these emotions were projected onto the subconscious figure within the film.
Using the concept as a driving force for design (in this case, the emotion grief) I developed a physical representation as a wearble scultpure for this emotion. With the aim of engaging the user with this emotion, bringing intentionality/mindfulness of the emotion to the conscious forefront. As the sculpture engages with the senses (breath and warmth from the body) it changes colour from black > white, symbolising a lift in 'weight'. Coupled with mindulness and meditiation the aim of wearing / interacting with the sculpture is to aid the recovery of grief within a person. The interaction of external forces can also engage with the sculpture and help 'lift' the colour.
Silk georgette, heat responsive ink, digital print, concrete