I am proud to have been selected to present a series of sculptures at the entrance space of one of Singapore’s biggest art fairs, as part of the Affordable Art Fair Artist Installation Programme. It will be the first thing visitors see when they arrive.
The Consciousness Catchers are a series of sculptures inspired by the concept of dreamcatchers.
Each Consciousness Catcher takes elements of everyday life in SE Asia and from the artist’s birth country (England) to form multiple organic, delicate circles of string, prayer threads, lace, silk, fishing nets and weaving in order to create a sculpture based on the traditional Native American ‘Dream Catcher’.
The oversized hoops will hang over the visitor’s heads as they enter the building, catching thoughts, worries and preconceptions, and cleansing the frantic nature of the everyday mind.
The origin of the dreamcatcher comes from the ancient legend – A Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi, took care of the people. Eventually, it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all. So, mothers and grandmothers weaved magical webs, to be hung above the bed and used as a charm to protect sleeping people, usually children, from nightmares.