In my assessment I was asked if my focus has shifted away from space and is now more about dysfunction. I think it could be, so for now I am focussing more on creating specific ceramics which render pieces of furniture unfit for the purpose they were intended for. My previous research for CCS as well as creative practice has taught me about "total design", creating environments where form is as important as function. Great environments have been created when architects, artists, designers and psychologists work together thinking about all aspects of a proposed environment, how it will be used and by whom. Hoarded environments have a negative affect on how the environment functions, how it looks and the behaviour and emotions of those that inhabit them. They become dysfunctional. Hoarding is a behaviour that people engage in mostly following some kind of emotional trauma. Objects are easier to deal with than relationships and in some cases replace them. Objects can help a person feel in control. But ultimately this strategy backfires leaving the person with a bigger problem and very little scope to move forward in a healthy way. Hoarding is just one of many behaviours that people engage in following emotional trauma. Self medicating using alcohol, drugs, food or sex all ultimately perpetuate cycles of dysfunction. We all engage in dysfunctional behaviours to a greater or lesser degree. I have 3 family members who also hoard and 3 who clean obsessively. I have also experienced drug and alcohol abuse and gambling within my family. I think any behaviour could become dysfunctional, it's all a question of balance.
I am hoping that although the inspiration for this work comes from my own experiences of hoarding and dysfunction in my family, the viewer will be able to relate to it through their own experiences of dysfunction.