pleasure ‘scapes is a new sculptural artwork comprised of a network of bronzed structures, backdropped by glistening printed lycra, anchored by rounded, curved bodily stone forms, studded with resin future fossils, draped with chain, and inset with ceramic vessels. Dangling touch-discs hang from uprights, snake plants quietly respirate, cotton cords span lengths.
This artwork is offered as a temporary habitation. It is an invitation to an extended, sensual engagement with the objects, plants, surfaces, forms and materials that comprise the work.
The networked, armature-like structure spanning the gallery creates conditions that are sympathetic to dwelling within this sculpture garden, this garden of things, this minor ecosystem of surfaces and textures, forms, shapes histories, futures, references and symbols.
pleasure ‘scapes allows space for the act of deep noticing and sensual engagement as a way to establish kinship with objects and matter, plants, animals and each other. The work acknowledges the potential for artworks to provide hospitality and act as spaces for repose and contemplation. This artwork is a place for embodied, affective and sensory pleasure. Here, pleasure is considered as a radical act, full of possibility, intelligence, belief, excess and the rupture of small discoveries. Pleasure ‘scapes is an affirmation of sensitive bodily worlding, alive with the intensity and quiet joy that arises from proximity to materials, objects, matter, plants, culture and each other.
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Image: Barbara Kneževič, pleasure ‘scapes, Installation at the RHA, July 2021, Photography Kate Bowe O’Brien.