Cocoon IV(2012) Latex, rubber and sand
My original intention when creating a latex cocoon was to have a piece which contrasted the delicacy and fragility of the paper cocoons. I was considering using something like sandpaper so it would be rigid and have a rough texture but still hold similar qualities to the silk paper pieces. When it came to finding a large sheet of sandpaper though I ran into some difficulty. As I’d worked with latex before, I knew that I could create a rubbery, flexible cocoon which would contrast the silk paper forms in many ways, none more so than the fact that the paper cocoons are meant to be very natural whereas the rubber, although it has a skin like aesthetic, is artificial. I decided to incorporate the sand into the latex to add to the texture of the piece and to add another dimension.
The black rubber clinging to the inside of the cocoons, although initially accidental, reflects some of the theory I have been looking at in terms of human failure in both the natural world and artistically. Again it contrasts the organic look of the rest of my work, echoing scenes of spilt oil and thick black tar.