Tell us about the concept for Fossa? Fossa is a collaborative piece made with artist Amy Cutler. She tells a lot of stories with hair, for her it represents femininity, vanity, but also the passage of time. This installation is a 3D representation of the worlds that she creates in her drawings. It has been an incredible project for me, the opportunity to work with an artist who I believe taps into the core of something in all of us, has been an honour.
From its conception, Fossa had a central sound component. Two compositions created by Emily Wells build another layer of complexity to the piece. The installation becomes not only immersive, but also interactive in this way. For the first time, Amy’s work is experienced without figures. As a visitor, you become the figure; you are a part of the work. As you sit at the hive of hair with all the braids plunging into it, you create your own soundscape by manipulating volume and pan for each track of the compositions.
Hair encompasses so much life, it is definitely a medium that people have a very strong response to. It holds immense significance for people. It is seen as ornamental, a source of beauty, and also holds space for each passing day; a record of our histories. If you talk to anyone about their hair, it’s a very important part of them. There’s a lot of emotion that goes into it – even something as silly as a bad hair day. For such a fragile substance, hair encapsulates pretty large ideas.