The Sensibles Mima Pejoska
Starting with research on how we enjoy and interact with art works based primarily on visual contact, my work questions and explores the plurality of experiencing touch. Tactility extends beyond the material despite the fact that it occurs on our skin. It is a mental happening that can be evoked by a memory, a visual or even a sound. The emphasis of this research is to present the haptic as an inseparable part of sensibility, rather than an isolated stimulation. By playing with materials and processes in objects that attract our touch, I’m exploring beyond the physical contact into this communication between our Haptic sense and the object as an experience.
I have been researching Tactility from many different aspects for the past year… A lot of it started with questioning our perception:
- How much we value our senses?
- Are we neglected a big portion of the sensorial perception?
- Why most artwork does not engage our Touch?
and most importantly
- In this modern times, are we slowly getting disconnected with this sense?
Through out of the research, I became more and more involved in many other aspects of human sensibility. I understand better now how the Culture of Touch is changing, and especially how the new wave of creative people (like me) are trying to bring back the light to this ‘neglected’ sense.
In order to present all of these aspect in one show, I have decided to present all of my research at the final event in a gallery setting—that will be an interactive exhibition of Works suspended from Floating Helium Balloons!
We unconsciously treat every material differently, so the materials and techniques are carefully chosen for each piece individually to evoke different sensation. Rice, silk, saran wrap, steel wool, stainless steel, silver and bronze are the main ones used for the creation of the Sensibles.
There will be 100 delicate works (jewelry and objects) suspended from 100 helium balloons in the gallery—made in order to make the space itself a TACTILE experience.
Visitors will have a chance to touch, feel and wear the pieces as they float, allowing them to experience them. On the other hand, the pieces will freely float through out the entire event, giving the space itself a tactile quality without necessarily touching them… or the pieces will touch You as you move in the space!
A big part of my concept is how often we can feel Tactility without direct contact. Our senses are interrelated in a perfect net of stimulations… therefore every experience is a unique mix of many senses—Not only one. Having this in mind, we can often See, Smell or Taste tactility… giving our memories a chance to contribute in this experience.