I am not the only hatchling

November 11 – December 18, 2021
Opening reception: Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Giant Swan: I am not the only hatchling
Curator: Samuel Arsenault-Brassard, ELLEPHANT VR artist and curator

Text by Giant Swan

“I am not the only hatchling” reveals a digital sculpture within the void of a nest, it uses its medium of VR to place audience members within a sculpture looking out, peering at their nest and the beings that make up the walls of their enclosure.

The main focus of the piece rests with a being much like our own, reaching out as if to invite us up, Their gaze follows the audience as they explore the tight boundaries of the nest and their hand remains on offer at all times, though it remains out of reach.

The piece looks to invoke the collective nature of building a place from different facets of mental health, and then aims to tempt the feeling of dominance over the audience regardless of their opportunity to leave.

The matching video work for this piece also explores this structure but from the outside, looking to contrast the experience of being on the other side of the fence where its supports and freedoms are now revealed.