Ruth HArris 

Ruth Harris creates an immersive environment where the audience is encouraged to participate by manipulating the space. Developing from previous work specifically for the audience of the blind and visually-impaired, her practice now focuses on the sensory elements of touch and sight. She uses soft fabrics to form multiple hanging ‘pods’ filled with various substances to create different textures and weights. Fastenings are attached within the pods’ seams, allowing the viewer to participate by connecting and reconnecting   them. Her installation challenges preconceptions, as sight is usually the dominant sense. Harris attempts to question whether touch before sight can enhance the viewer’s experience.