'transference'

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Tate Modern (2019) says, "Installations are designed to be walked around and to be contemplative. The difference between traditional sculpture or other forms of art is that installations are a complete unified experience, rather than displaying several individual works." Tate continues, the focus is on how the viewers experience the work and the desire to provide an intense experience for the viewer, is a dominant theme in installation art.

 

I am fascinated by the link between dwelling spaces and psychology. Sarah Hobbs created a living space for mental health issues. The rooms are titled to the type of disorder. For example, the alarmist, and, the escapist (Neumann, vice.com, 2017). Hobbs says people started to open about their personal struggles to each other. Other artists who explore rooms are Sadie Coles, who creates domestic spaces (Phaidon, 2017). Samara Golden's, 'Biographical Room', deal with confusing and overwhelming emotions. Samara says, she wanted to find a way to describe herself. The result of her installation was to feel something you cannot explain (Mufson, vice.com, 2015).

 

The Busan Museum of Contemporary Art constructed the installation, 'Rain Rooms'. BMCA is exploring how human relationships to each other and to nature are increasingly mediated throughout technology. Entering the installation, visitors are simultaneously exposed to and protected from water falling all around (Haps magazine, Korea, 2019).

 

Safaa Erruas, a Moroccan artist, inspired me significantly. She uses paradoxes to contemplate life's intricacies and the (un)bearable lightness of being. She emphasizes in an interview with Clelia Coussonnet (2016), about our common humanity, our shared experiences, and the universality of pain that shapes us. She says, "what is essential to us, is invisible to the eye".

Transference is a psychoanalytical term for referring to the patients' tendency to transfer intense and painful feelings into the relationship with the analyst. ‘Transference’, is a 6 (l) x 5 (w) x 2(h) meter steel structure that houses 4 rooms. All visible elements and functions are thought in detail; such as signs, language, rooms, walls, doors, lights, batting, plastic, needles, bed, pillows and glass. These elements are packed with personal associations. For example, a needle is a crafting tool, but also symbolic for pointing a direction. However, it could also relate to the phrases, "the eye of the needle", or "give someone the needle", or "a needle in the haystack".

 

Metaphysical plurality is also essential; soft and hard textures, access and feeling trapped or no access, light and dark, reality and illusion. Creating a material allegory aesthetic by transferring my emotional energy into a physical manifestation is how I create the transformation of self. By physically addressing emotions -mentally and materially, giving it colour, line, texture and symbols. This act is the first step to change how I feel about any thoughts, desires and pains, I experience. Therefore, the transference is the subjective mechanism which produces art in a raw state.

 

Preferring the term 'sculptural-installation', meaning a walk-through 'inner' sculpture. The essence of the artwork lies within the sculpture, not outside of it. Having a non-verbal conversation with my viewer, and encouraging the viewer to understand something about themselves, perhaps a feeling or a thought.

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