Video documentation from the exhibition 'Caves of Requirement'
Lisa Stewart, 2011

Installation 2 Materials: steel, tatami mats, memory foam, velvet, cotton, rocks, water fountain, audio, scent diffuser, lamp

'Caves of Requirement' investigates personal notions of escapism by re-imagining the sanctuaries we retreat to when in need of 'time-out'. The work explores the private dwellings we create in our backyards, bedrooms, offices and inner psyches to shut out and recharge from the regular confines of reality, time and place.

From travel to faraway destinations, to the controlled environments of getaway resorts, 'Caves of Requirement' addresses how escapism is constructed, commodified and mythologised on a daily basis. It plays on simulated experiences and manufactured dreams, encouraging visitors to momentarily 'vacate' through their personal interactions with the work.

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