Probe I?
Phallus Furniture - Yayoi Kusama
Probe I


One of the latest images of the installation of Probe 1 The idea for the chair germinated from imagining a room made completely out of medical supplies. This room belonged to a lavish and morbidly fashionable woman who would be in a perpetual state of waiting. I imagine her chain smoking and putting the ashes out in a bronze ashtray made of teeth (an ashtray I’ve made and will post images of later).

As images of the posible options for a chair with a medical reference, I came across Erin Berry, an artist from Victoria BC, who made a chair covered in rubber gloves, titled “Feel Me Up”. Around the same time, Yayoi Kusama’s work was exhibited at Tate Britain. Her concept was based on the phallus. The idea of a probing, invasive chair has been and will be continuously adapted. My version has rendered the purpose of the chair unfit to use. An object existing in a Foucauldian heterotopia, a waiting room of sorts in a gallery space. The emphasis of the seat of the chair being covered in gloved hands, pokes, prods which invites and repels the sitter. The back of the chair in contrast, is bandaged, further making the viewer’s focus the probing hands.

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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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