Created in collaboration with artist and printmaker Jacqui Symons and reflecting their shared interest in entomology and concern regarding the decline in insect species worldwide. The instinct chair celebrates the diverse beauty of these creatures and encourages the viewer to see these ecologically vital creatures in a new way.
By re-imagining insects as a chair the piece explores the structural beauty of the insect form and their unimaginable variety of shapes, inviting the audience to encounter these creatures in a new way.
The piece plays also against instinctual reactions to creepy crawlies (of disgust or unease perhaps mixed with fascination) and touches on the uncanny through use of scale and the re-purposing of the familiar everyday object of a chair in combination with the unfamiliar yet also everyday life-form the insect.
We hope the audience will look closely at the printed fabric, which shows 100 species in detail and perhaps take a seat amongst them.
Loom VI is created form treadle sewing machine parts, scrap steel and cold cast aluminium LOOM VI is an abstracted interpretation of industrial revolution cotton industry machinery.
Commissioned by JD Weatherspoons 2011.