8-29 May 2021, Toi Pōneke Gallery, Te Whanganui-A-Tara, Aotearoa (Wellington, NZ).

In Bathing, Bask considers how spaces can act as a supportive environment for stimming, sensory processing and soothing the nervous system.

Living with a highly sensitised central nervous system is like ‘living with the volume turned up on all your sensory inputs’ – everything is too loud, too busy, too much. In Bathing, Bask is a series of undulating textile spaces that transform Toi Pōneke Gallery into a stimulatory playground for interactive fun, sensory play, and self-regulation.

Gallery visitors were invited to enter and explore the inflatable spaces. For me, being inside these spaces is like bathing in pure hue – everything is filtered by the colour of the hand dyed textile shell. There are no corners; floor, walls and ceiling melt into one another, and the light is diffused. The gentle hum of a fan dulls outside sounds. In Bathing, Bask presents intense and uncomplicated sensory information. In effect, the active and simplified stimulation starts to turn down the volume.

This project received funding from Creative New Zealand, and Terry Lobb Colour & Design Consultancy.

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