Glass, Bodyspace, 2018
I am interested in where the body ends world begins. Is the space between my limbs considered my body because my body defines the space? How does adding my body to a space change its dimensionality? In my work I am interrogating what it means to have a body. Using the human body as a material, I am trying to understand and measure the spaces in which we inhabit.
By observing the body (both my own and others), I have begun viewing the proportions of objects in a new light. Most objects are made for, or with consideration of the proportions of a body. When you break it down, the human body becomes a tool of measurement for the way in which we construct our world. Many things seem to have no function or purpose in the world without the orientation of a body.
With a background in dance, I have always viewed space a partner that is activated through movement. Movement is a sixth sense, a way in which we kinesthetically use our bodies. The dancer's body is used to focus movement and attention outwardly in space, or inwardly into themselves. This embodiment allows the dancer and art object serve a similar function. They both interact directly with the space of the performing area, giving that space a materiality in the work.