So, for the final project, I want to continue an exploration of the circular relationship between folklore and cognitive pathology. During a conversation with a family friend, I came to realize that there is a kind of chicken/egg thing going on with mythology and hallucinations occurring in sane people. People claim to see ghosts or demons or ‘little people’ all the time, and sometimes this is because of different kinds of hallucinations related to dreaming, drug use and even poor vision. Oliver Sacks (The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, Awakenings, Hallucinations) is a huge influence on this concept. I have two ideas for this piece, which I have not decided upon, that both talk about this subject in different ways.
The first one would be a series of sculptural installations placed in corners and other ‘peripheral’ areas, a la my first project. They would be clothed human figures, about a foot high, standing facing away from the viewer obscuring their features.
The second would be a found object installation. There would be a twin mattress, placed directly on the floor, with a sheet and pillow on it, and a ‘quilt’ of black wigs, out from under of which would protrude various human limbs, arranged in an impossible way.
I love them both, but I’m having trouble picking.