SAFESPACE is a performance and interactive installation that explores dysfunction, anxiety, labour as performance, and the artist/viewer relationship. In SAFESPACE, the artist is the "inhabitant" and the viewer is the "visitor". The created space is anti-function: it consists of a series of objects typically found in a bedroom, but constructed in a manner that makes them uncomfortable or useless. A comforter is made entirely out of sheets of plastic to evoke fears of suffocation. Beside the bed is a tissue box filled with wax paper. A mug made out of felt is curiously placed beside a jug of water. Viewers are invited to interact with the objects in SAFESPACE. They may use the object as they usually would, or move, modify, or even destroy it. The artist's task is to tidy up and fix the room at the same time. The performance is the artist's attempt at regaining control in a space that is meant to be a safe space, but is instead the complete opposite.
In the version installed and performed at OCAD U, there were twelve objects in SAFESPACE and the performance lasted ten minutes.

manual 

ink on paper

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mug 

felt, stickers

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wet floor sign

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comforter and pillow, installation view

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comforter and pillow 

plastic 

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clock 

acrylic on foamcore

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tissue box

wax paper, cardboad, gesso 

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comforter, manual, tissue box

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mask

gesso and ink on found object

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bra and panties 

acetate, clothing hanger

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drawing station 

papers with fake pencils, gesso on wood

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mirror

aluminum foil, wood, acrylic 

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SAFESPACE installation view, with faculty and students

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cleaning station

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