2008 Look Up! Accessible Space Installation

2008 Look Up! Accessible Space Installation

I was digging through my art files from the last few years, and came across a neat installation that I had done back in art school in 2008:

“Construction workers, maintenance personnel, architects and civil engineers all use a plethora of signage and techniques to make dangerous and useless spaces seem inaccessible to us. But at the same time, public and private spaces that are meant to be accessible to everyone will often accidentally exclude people—sometimes those with disabilities—due to poor planning, lack of budget or bad design.

“In this piece, I explore the creation of a seemingly accessible space that deliberately excludes the viewer. A ladder is a tool that many of us use to get (vertically) from place to place. When the connection that it provides is too fragile to hold our weight, it leaves us either stuck in place or surrounded by a cascade of falling beads.”

This installation was completed as part of an assignment in exploring accessible space, at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, NS, Canada. It later became the foundation of my 2015 installation, “Reaching,” which explored chronic illness.