During Tracey Payne's two week occupation of the ArtLacuna Space, (which is a former coroner's office), the artist plans to make inflatable 'entities' tailored to the ways in which visitors move around the space. At the end of the fortnight the space will be open to the public (6-9 March) to see the results of Tracey's time there. Visitors will be encouraged to touch the inflatables to appreciate them fully, which Tracey hopes will also undermine the forbidding aura which can surround some contemporary art.

The inflatable entities will cycle between two distinct states - noisy boisterous inflation followed by quiet reflective deflation. Alternating, in turn, between being loud and rude, and as quiet as a grave.

The entities will mainly inhabit the space above the ceiling framework (the ceiling panels have been removed) but parts will dangle into the space below through which people walk. Tracey hopes the entities will draw attention to the relationship between the 'white cube' gallery and the equivocal space above it which was previously hidden.

Spaces in attics, under the bed or behind the skirting boards, the ducts on a starship, these and similar non-places are interstices where the uncontrolled and anarchic lurk.

Tracey's aim is for the installation to provide a free and exciting environment where people can wander, speculate and phantasise with the inflatables operating in a similar way to giant 3- dimensional rorschach blots - bringing unconscious fears and desires into the lit space of consciousness. As people push their way around the squashy inflatables Tracey hopes the gallery will become a space for exploration, alarm and laughter.


Making objects, filling spaces where people will be alarmed and will laugh. Slapstick, silliness, accidents, surprises. Stand-up, fall-down. How/who to trust? Around the edges and in the gaps we live our lives. It all seems so permanent, monolithic and un-shiftable until things start to move. Form without substance. Breath, no breath.

- TRACEY PAYNE


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