Winning project of the 2017 Stonefly Art Prize: Love Me Tender. Let’s Play House is a recreated once lived and intimate setting that invites the public to enter and recall an experienced personal tender moment.
Inspired by personal fond recollections experienced as a child, Let’s Play House is an installation of a fort emanating the relative influence of the past to ones relation and actions towards humanity into adulthood. The exterior hand painted on cotton, reads: SPACE LIKE HOME. Recalling the idea of “there’s no place like home”; the text is an invitation to re-imagine and rethink our present lived realities, both physical and virtual, and how contemporary social structures are affecting communities.
Inside the fort it is lit by a black light, and the ground is cushioned to allow the individual to stay seated comfortably. Once seated the individual is invited to pick up the sketchbook with a few of my personal memories drawn with invisible ink, only visible under the black light. The sketchbook acting as a trigger, invites the visitor to relate with my memory, and or re-imagine it for themselves with their own personal lived past. After processing my memories, the individual is welcomed to contribute by drawing their own fond memory into the book.
Let's Play House! | Exterior: Acrylic Paint of Cotton | 170cm x 120cm x 130cm | Jaspal Birdi, 2018
Let's Play House! | Preliminary Sketches | India ink on paper | Jaspal Birdi, 2018
Let's Play House! | Interior: Plush & Felt | 170cm x 120cm x 130cm | Jaspal Birdi, 2018