Negotiating Space: Othered by Design

This piece is a commentary on how the physical spaces we inhabit inform our self-concept and social positioning. My installation is heavily based off of the social model of disability — the idea that societal structures disable individuals far more than diagnosed conditions do. The intent was to create a work that mimicked a feeling of being othered by a space to an able-bodied/average height viewer. I designed this piece around my own body with the intent of providing myself with a rare pleasant experience in relation to a physical space. This installation aims to invite the viewer to engage in play while remaining hyperaware of their body. Relatedly, this piece also must adapt to the spaces it inhabits, much like our bodies.

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