Chandelier Installation View

Chandelier Installation Viewlu·men


n. pl. lu·mens or lu·mi·na (-m-n)

1. Anatomy The inner open space or cavity of a tubular organ, as of a blood vessel or an intestine.
The title of the chandelier relates to this definition. The word lumen is also a play on the etymology of the Latin word meaning light. This chandelier is made from catheters that I have used (and sterilised) as well as expired catheters that would otherwise be thrown out and incarcerated because they are only meant to be used once and the discarded.
The hanging process of the work proved to be the most challenging aspect – ask any of  my carers, or what I call my PA’s (a much better word because the definition of personal assistant is exactly what they do). The making of this piece has seemed to take forever so all of my PA’s have helped in the stringing, hanging and gluing of the catheters.
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© Kyla Harris 2017.

Kyla Harris’s recent body of work stems from numerous NHS appointments and her experience of restricted mobility. Her installations and sculptures are of surrealistic domestic objects made from primarily used or expired medical supplies. Notions of dis/comfort, sustainability and the home are left as remnants of subverted interiors for the viewer to experience. Because of Harris's disability, much of her sculpture is collaborative. She has carers or personal assistants that construct and assist in the making of her work.

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