a custom designed and built, fully functional portable sauna which
is powered by a 240v domestic power supply. The main body of the sauna
was originally a storage packing crate. It is a hybrid and self sufficient
art work that combines actual use and interaction with pragmatic intentions,
design and art in one work. Sauna’s intentions are to use and utilize
gallery spaces for broader ranging activities, experiences and responses.
Sauna aims to transform exhibition venues into spaces where the viewer
can, if desired, directly engage and physically participate in the work.
constructed to have a double currency, functioning in daily life and
within the art context. It is the first work executed in Australia
exploring ideas of multi purpose art and relational aesthetics and
interventions at the end of the 1990’s. One of the first in the
series of Migratory Projects, looking at work which fuses ideas of
use, pragmatics, travel,
DIY design, circumvention, survival and self sufficiency.
was constructed as a major recycling project, using ready available
and familiar materials – fusing ideas of metabolist architecture
with 90’s anxieties. The work is altruistic in nature aiming to relax
those who interact with it. Sauna can seat two individuals, and is designed
to be ergonomic and user friendly. It invests a disused object associated
with the art world (a packing crate) with a totally new purpose and use.
It offers the possibility of physical and mental relaxation. Additionally
it offers intimate and private space within an exhibition, or any other
site where the viewer/participant can relax, contemplate and unwind.
When I started the sauna, I remember being so frustrated by how tired I
was physically from all the work I was doing to just survive as an artist
and how frustrated I was that I just could not afford to ever relax, I
thought of how much health clubs cost…and the industry of all that
I wanted to make this piece so that it could be understood in its materiality,
seemingly easily made, transparent. I also did not want to consume any
more materials, and have to keep buying… I wanted something that
could relax my friends and myself, something that played with the expectancy
of art too – I wanted an art work that did not ‘behave’,
something that utilised the exhibition context for something else. I wanted
it to be able to travel and speak of its sustainability. Something restored
and utilised from another life. It worked, people used it, I showed it
and tested it in different sites and institutions in Australia and at home.
It was designed as part of my Migratory system”.
Sauna can be transported on the trailer garden when the garden
is pulled out and used in conjunction with the carrier vehicle
as an independent piece on its own.
Plywood, Perspex, stainless steel, rubber, aluminium, copper, polystyrene,
oil, acrylic, water, stones, polyurethane, jarrah, 240v Bahco
fan, wooden tiles, nylon, cotton, grease, eucalyptus leaves,
solar shower bags
H 2500mm / W 3000mm (unpacked) / D 1170mm