Tools to evoke change
Just Enough Whisk, Gut Feeling Surveyor, Wobbly Feeling Squeezer, Overwhelm Tester, Cold Feet Comb, Self Doubt Scatterer and Panic Trapper. Some of the many tools in a collection of objects that is part of an ongoing series exploring psychological change.
I capture the intangible way in which we make decisions, inform changes and how our minds deal with uncertainty. I am making these ‘nonsense’ tools, as an analogy, it is not possible to push or force these processes inside ourselves, much as we might wish to. I combine old objects, with layers of meaning and past uses, as a metaphor for the layers of past experiences and influences that have shaped us as people. The tools have both a handheld part, a connection with the body, and a business end; to cut, measure, form, gather, press, pull, comb or scrape. People are inherently ‘doers’ and these tools are an attempt to do something when actually the process of change requires more of a ‘being with’. They will be displayed in lines on the wall in a tool structure, with metal brackets to hold in place, like in a workshop/studio.