Human Becomingsis a museum of real and imaginary body parts. Predominantly made from everyday textile materials, they are soft, comforting, and familiar. Displayed in specimen jars, we are invited to objectify, quantify, analyse, and explore them without being caught up in the emotional connections, memories, and experiences of our own bodies.
As humans, we are always re-imagining and re-defining who we are, becoming something new or different. Human Becomings exemplifies the constant change of human identity, and challenges how physical bodies contribute to our sense of self. Continuing on Lex Randolph’s investigation of the impacts of gender and body on identity, the artefacts in Human Becomings represent specific aspects of the body that are connected to dynamic and fluxing gender identities.
K2CLOUD (November 2012)
K2CLOUD brings knitting and crochet into the 21st century through large scale sculpture. It is an interactive transforming installation, using only repurposed paper and plastic. The installation, created by Elizabeth Marpole and Lex Randolph, begins with a White Opening. Using basic colourful materials, we are inviting the public to help transform the space into a brightly coloured room over 10 days. A disco will be held at the completion of the process to celebrate the transformation.
The title of our project references the visible formation of frozen water crystals in the atmosphere – a cloud.In much the same way as why skies are blue, clouds are white because their water crystals are large enough to scatter the light of the seven wavelengths (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), which combine to produce white light. Our ‘cloud’ will begin white, and over the exhibition period will be transformed to reproduce all the colours of the light spectrum.