I have been exploring packaging materials in a whole variety of ways for several years now, as well as examining the interior and exterior qualities of various forms of packaging, intent on delving deeper into the questions of artificiality and naturalness.
The themes of experimentation and spatial creation in public and private spaces are pivotal in my work.
This particular creation uses 46 polyethylene “shells” measuring 4/5 and 6m in length. Together they form a modular construction connected to an unplugged air supply system. The plastic shells create their own individual installation in the context of a different room and different story. Altered room compositions with or without air respectively yield and proffer new ideas/concepts. Even though the elements of air and light play an essential role, the countless tubes of air can also tell their own story. They can be seen as empty seed cases from the bladder-senna shrub, cocoons, icicles, snake skins, withered beans, abstract empty bags or simply packaging telling its own story of being unpacked or packed. The plastic shells become the packaging material of a room, or could it be that the room becomes their form of packaging...
The first installation on this subject was “La Déhiscence” based on the backstory of the “Ferme Asile” barn in Sion, May 2016. The solid wooden construction of the “Ferme Asile” as a “depot” stood in stark contrast to the artificiality of the enormous plastic shells.
The biomorphic form of the large PE shells are very similar in shape to the translucent inflated bladder-like seedpods of the baguenaude / senna shrub. The 4 to 6-metre-long shells are made from industrial packaging material (PE, polyethylene film). The same material is used by farmers when fermenting the hay. The PE is wrapped around the grass creating the large hay bales we see outside in the fields. The empty shells are inflated ever-so slightly with air, giving the impression that they are slowly breathing in and out. This creates a surreal feeling in the room. The layout of the “cocoons” can be varied using an unplugged system.