COVID-19 Wearable Art Installation at The Papermill Gallery
11 March 2021 - 18 March 2021
This project has evolved through the pandemic as an exploration of isolation, control and social distancing. We have all been thrown into a world turned upside down, confronted with issues of safety, survival and resilience; what was predictable and solid has now become a series of constantly changing circumstances. Through this we have had to find our way, create a new path, negotiating everyday events , social interactions and living with strict regimes in our rules of engagement. I started to draw a series of metallic masks, these masks grew into a series of fully wearable art pieces incorporating materials sourced from the recycling bin and contents of boxes found at the back of unexplored cupboards. Each wearable art piece is joined to create full body armour but linked in such a way that each part can move. I wanted to look at the concept of control and the nature of our flawed expectations that we have control of our lives, how easily that illusion can be taken away .
The COVID-19 Wearable Art Installation is a interactive exhibition/installation of nine wearable art pieces looking at the unpredictable nature of human engagement in a strictly controlled environment. These wearable art pieces are scheduled to be exhibited in March/ April 2021 at The Papermill Gallery in Fyansford under strict COVID-19 standard. Nine wearable art pieces will be exhibited in The Papermill Gallery space divided into 4 metre square sections, the audience are only allowed one person per square ( unless a child is accompanied by an adult ) to view and manipulate the nine exhibits. Each exhibit hangs from the ceiling via a series of pulling strings ( puppet- like style ) The audience will be masked and asked to sanitise before and after entering the gallery space, they will also be asked not only to give their personal details but also their reaction to the space and exhibits using film and photographic stills to record audience members navigating the squares to gain access to the wearable art pieces and and to pull some strings.