5 year work, in progress
A huge thanks to Illawarra Coatings, resin sponsors of this project. It would not be possible without your generous contribution.
4 metres x 2.5m hanging chandelier. Synthetic hair, chain, pvc pipe, satin, faux fur, with interactive sound and light systems.
Inspired by untold moments of female aggression, Muffy is an interactive and multimedia monstrosity that engages all 5 senses of her audience. She is dedicated to the stifled and subdued thoughts and feelings of frustrated women.
The hanging chandelier, with her obnoxious pink fur and gold chains, sublimates society’s contradictory, confusing and ever-changing expectations of how women should look, behave and speak.
From the outside, she appears ornamental, bold and majestic. A warbling soundscape radiates from her tiers. Familiar and nostalgic voices from popular culture coo melodic instructions on how to be a good woman, how to be popular, how to be happy. Hair brushes chained to the floor circling Muffy's edges invite audiences to groom her. The audience member connects with Muffy, performing one of the most intimate of human exchanges, and at the same time becomes complicit in her harassment. Does she not just want to be left alone?
Only once you come closer, and step inside Muffy's centre do you discover a secret world. Her unnerving breath reverberates around the claustrophobic chamber - revealing her repressed emotions. Muffy's lights, at each of her 8 candelabras, flicker in time with her laboured breath.
Muffy was designed and built in collaboration with Andreas Lohmeyer, with sound design by Freudian Nip, and tech by Caitlin Lomax.
Muffy was created for 'Untold 2018', a group exhibition of immersive installations created by 25 Australian and International artists, held in Melbourne's iconic Nylex Building. Proceeds from artwork, print and ticket sales go to the Reach Foundation. The exhibition is open to the public from 21st April til the 29th of April 2018. Event information and tickets available at untold.melbourne