A Game of Hunters and Hunted (Installation)
This work stems from a larger exploration of my own memories of childhood. Growing up in the Great Southern, summer nights meant games of hide and seek. We would creep through the bush or wait with bated breath for the torch beam to expose us. In either role as the Hunter or the Hunted, a thrill would surround the process of donning a character for the purpose of a game. At these times the distinction between myself, and the things I that I feared in the darkness would blur.
Using immersive installation has allowed me to physically recreate the sensation of stepping into a memory. This element of the project relies on movement, light and smell to transport the viewer. Within the sheer fabric room projections of the night-time narrative flash from wall to wall and degrade as they are filtered through each panel. The viewer is surrounded by images of bushland exposed through the beams of a torch while yellow eyes wink and disappear into the trees. Above the viewer a layer of aromatic eucalyptus hangs from the ceiling of the cube.