A few months ago I made head light boxes as part of a sensory project I am in the process of doing. Unfortunately, after making these 18-18 cm boxes I realised they are too large for my original plan to go in a gallery. I would like to now break these down and use them as another piece of work for ongoing projects.
I have created 18 by 18 light sensory boxes for people to wear when viewing them. I have glued all four sides together leaving an opening for peoples heads then filled them with individual fairy lights by drilling holes in the top and sides of the boxes. These will be a set of four with different coloured lights in each of them.
I made these small boxes as I am interested in how people can access art with sensory impairments. They are 5-5 cm made with wood that I have found around the house. I stuck all the pieces of wood together to make a box using black paper stuck to the inside. Then I drilled holes around the outside of the box to stick fairy lights inside them, these are to benefit people with visual impairments. As this has worked well, in the future I plan to make life size versions of these so people can place them on their heads to gain a full sensory experience.
With this in mind, I started researching and experimenting what I could achieve with using lights in my art work. For example I came across painters that paint with glowing paint so they can display their paintings in the dark. However, the section of research that really fascinated me was the photographers that use a slow shutter speed to gain light movement at night. With this in mind I bought myself some finger lights and in the dark got someone to move them round at a fast pace whilst I had my camera on a slow shutter speed. I am very happy with this work. My next stage will be thinking of ways to present these for example films or projections on a wall.