Suspensions of Perception was created on site over the weekend of March 22-23, 2014. Rachael was one of 20 artists participating in the Sculpturescape category of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.
The work is made of 2m to 3m length threads of used alphabet letters, numbers, matchbox cars, plastic balls, alphabet blocks and childrens’ puzzles. These items hung from the branches of two riverside trees like an artificial Spanish moss. Every family tree is touched by autism. In Australia Autism impacts 1 in every 110 children.
The work explores the obsessive nature of autism spectrum disorder. It uses items first collected by Rachael's autistic son through obsession and then discarded. It is chaotic yet ordered and systematic. In the work plastic toys, letters, numbers and puzzle pieces are combined with nature. They are whimsical and celebratory and reflect on the wonderfully creative and unique aspects of autism, while at the same time posing questions about the possible reasons for the increased incidence of autism diagnosis in the past decade. Ironically, the work is created from manmade objects, otherwise destined for landfill, the very production and environmental impact of which is perhaps suspected as a contributing factor to the rate of autism.