YOUR DNA. YOUR DESIGN.
’For you were made from dust, and to dust you shall return.’ - Genesis 3:19
Phoenix is a machine which perpetually draws & erases itsef. It stemmed from a minimum:maximum project where I was finding neutral states between the poles of objects where I focussed on a pencil with a rubber on the end. This object both creates and destroys itself.
This leads to the bigger idea of creation and death, the circle of life, a perpetual cycle where things are constantly moving but never really changing, just circulations of matter in the universe.
"Jelly responds to an electroencephalograph (EEG) in nearly the same way as a healthy human brain. The jelly exhibits alpha rhythms as human brains do when people are awake but have their eyes closed. From its EEG results alone, a jelly would not qualify as sufficiently ‘dead’ to have its life support removed.”
I loved the idea that a jelly would be considered ‘living’ in the same context as a human. It raises questions about the definition of life, as far as I can research there is no finite answer. It changes as we learn more about the world we exist in. Scientists thought that all living things breathed.. until the discovery of the virus. So once again it is thrown open to debate. Perhaps because it is not a scientific question at all, but a philosophical one. We project life into inanimate objects everyday and some people believe rivers have souls.
The story of a goose who just didn't fit in...
Wooden lighting rings. Screen printed and hand illustrated with a soldering iron, lit by inlaid electro-luminescent wires.
In collaboration with Marcin Rusak
Prix Émile Hermès 2014
Theme: Time to yourself
We wanted to create a tool kit which enables you to get lost in pursuit of finding time to yourself. We believe that in busy modern life it is increasingly hard to find space and time to really think for ourselves. Our lives are dictated by our watches, our phones, our GPS, our diaries. We want to eliminate these objects and replace them with more primitive tools which alter the function of these possessions we are so attached to. To bring back the increasingly obsolete power of our body clocks, sense of direction, adventure and basic primal instinct. There is nothing better than what you find when you are lost.
Series of wooden lighting installations for VM at Urban Outfitters, Oxford Street, London
From a project with the brief 'Instantaneous moment of Genesis' I was exploring the theme that in this day and age no-one wants to wait for anything, and expects things immediately.
One of the obvious manifestations of this is the Fast Food industry - where you expect a meal in minutes.
I wanted to create the "Fastest Food Restaurant" - a Pizzeria where you can shoot your own toppings on a pizza target.