Aphra Shemza, an emerging artist, explores and experiments with multi-media, film and kinetic based installations. Her work focuses on abstract, geometric and scientific research, which often involves the interaction of the human body.
Composition X demonstrates a sphere within a pyramid within a square, alluding to Kepler’s Platonic Universe, a Platonic solid model of the solar-centered system, found in his Mysterium Cosmographicum (1596).
The ultrasonic sensors of Composition X, measure the visitors’ distance from the work, according to their location in the space, the LEDs turn on or off progressively from the outer cube, towards the pyramid, and through to the inner shape of the sphere - the core. As a result, this draws one into the centre of the work, providing a doorway into a three-dimensional infinite illusion seen through mirrored reflection. The viewers’ physical interactivity turns them into active participants and this not only further develops the work but creates it: the closer they get, the more they see.
The work has the power to allure the observer by way of an abstract choreography of concealment versus revealment. By acting out the walk towards the work, this also changes his/her role from, a passive observer to an active maker, embracing notions of performativity, dialogue and interchange between them.
Aphra Shemza is a Kinetica Museum Oxygen artists member.