As part of my research residency at Bethlem Gallery, I have been binding found objects. Among other objects, I found four discarded light bulbs in the hospital tip.
I began to bind the light bulbs with strips of fabric (curtains, sheets and clothes), wool, thread and string. The light bulbs changed and expanded as the layers of binding build up. By binding them I hope to transform their value from junk to an object in a gallery.
Binding has many associations: bandaging injuries, swaddling a child, wrapping the dead before burial. To me binding means protection.
|Photo courtesy of Daniel Regan|