Stomach Box (nervous systems)
Wood, jesmonite, kitchen roll, paint, rubber, ink soaked off pages printed on an inkjet printer
Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Suitable Locations for the Work
- On a plinth
- In a case
Background, history, commissioner of the work
Stomach box is one of a series of three organic, organ-shaped box-objects (stomach, liver, pancreas) with upholstered, painted and cast interiors, collectively titled 'Nervous Systems'. The boxes were fabricated through cycles of improvisation and experimentation from 2020-2022. They were completed with the support of the Glasgow Visual Art and Craft Maker Bursary, and documented by Isobel Lutz Smith.
The outside of ‘Stomach box’ is made of elm, from a tree damaged by dutch elm disease. The inner cavity of 'Stomach' was formed around supermarket receipts for all the food I ate over a 3 month period, during the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. During this time I was thinking about the relationship between mind and gut, and reading about cognitive science. I'm interested in the idea of "gut feelings" as informed (albeit rapid, pre-conscious) decisions.