The University of Arts London’s academic year draws to a close as students display their hard work, and innovative visions in the graduate shows. One student in particular has managed to set the bar high with her approach to creating interactive art that takes the spectator from a traditional experience with art to an experience that appeals to the inner child within us.
Mimi Winsor, an inventor and sculptor, hails from Swanage in Dorset and is inspired by
childhood development and how we perceive life through our experiences of learning and acknowledging our surroundings at an early age. In her final year of her BA at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, Winsor has already captured the attention of art aficionados and has been enlisted by the Discovery Channel to design an installation at the networks headquarters in Chiswick.
“I wanted to create something that suggests both the kind of nature documentaries the Discovery Channel are renowned for, as well as to replicate the kind of excitement I would feel as a child, exploring rock pools near my home,” she said of the direction she took for the installation. The dining area will take on the appearance of a rock pool to give the atmosphere of “waves of high-tide lunchtime feeding” as staff members can eat with the sea anemone.
Her work is reminiscent of Freud and Klein as the studies and theories of these
psychoanalysts have influenced her designs and concepts. Childhood playing a central theme in her work, her spirited production entices the viewer with its bright and borderline outlandish display of exploring the mass being molded by the machine. Harping on the notion of learning through play Winsor strives to portray her art with an element of playful, exploration evident in our transition through childhood.
Mimi Winsor’s final show with Chelsea College of Art and Design will debut this weekend, running from the 15th to 22nd June with live performances daily at 11am and 3pm.
Titled Squeeze, Pinch, Stretch, Roll, Dollop and Extrude, her “creative laboratory” will express just that. Winsor’s contraption squeezes, pinches, stretches, rolls, dollops and extrudes raw material during timed performances similar to the process of an industrial production line.
Winsor’s inspiration behind the installation comes from personal childhood favourite films Wallace and Gromit and the less conventional child favourite, Laufe Der Dinge by two Swiss artist Peter Fischli and David Weiss depicting everyday items being assembled in a chain reaction.
“The installation is seemingly purposeful and functional on the surface, yet absurd and ridiculous in the ingeniously playful way things are created. It is a dysfunctional factory where the dance of mishaps, obscurities, chaos and mayhem are what make it a work of art,” she said.