Social paradigms dictate that we should not stare because the act is rude. Yet, that’s exactly what motivates avid people watcher Christina West to create her probing, in-your-face sculptural pieces.
‘My work gives me permission to stare’, says West. ‘It might make someone else, the one upon which our gaze is fixed, feel uncomfortable. So we steal glimpses, don’t let our eyes linger too long, pretend not to see, and are encouraged to retreat within ourselves. But the moments when I am compelled to stare are the moments when I feel most alive’.