Living Sculpture (mirror)
Mirrors, handles, gallery visitors
Living Sculpture (gloves)
Leather, lycra, belt hoops, gallery visitors
Living Sculpture (sticks)
Copper tubes, engraving, gallery visitors
Funded by Arts Council England, C2D2 and The Bluecoat
Living Sculptures is a body of work exploring how an artwork and its audience can merge into one, in a sort of symbiotic relationship. Laurence Payot is re-imagining the definition of sculpture, thinking about forms as living organisms activated by the audience, fixed objects awaiting to be awake. The objects appear latent, like empty shells, waiting for people to bring them to live.
“The material was a bit like a magnet pulling me in. I felt attracted to it.”
The sculptures were created with a group of artists with learning difficulties (Blue Room at the Bluecoat) with the moving and touching bodies of participants in mind – how the materials were held, balanced, worn.
In the gallery, people are invited to activate the sculptures in pairs or small groups, animated the gallery space through impromptu performances.