In a world besieged by economic uncertainty, environmental degradation, diminishing resources and inequality, the rising anger is palpable.  We see an increase in domestic violence, violence perpetrated by strangers, road rage and fear. Janice Gobey created Intervention, offering a critique on this and allowing the public to engage with the artwork.  Visitors are encouraged to enter a fur covered room and let their anger out.  You are invited to scream, kick, lie on the floor in the foetal position or just allow yourself to succumb to the healing possibilities of fur. 

Gobey grew up in a dysfunctional family, when there was chaos and instability at home, she turned to her stuffed animals and pets for comfort.  For her fur is a mechanism of healing and comfort.

Intervention – an interactive installation exhibited at Alternating Current Art Space in June 2019
An interactive fur room created by the Melbourne based artist, Janice Gobey. Visitors were encouraged to enter the room and engage with the healing powers of fur.
How much fun can you have with a space 0.75 x 1.98 m? Since the gallery opened I have wanted to do a fur installation in this quirky spot. It did not disappoint.
Really getting into the space, there is a cushion to put your head on, the noise of trams and traffic becomes muffled.
Details of the fur room installation showing lights, pink fake fur and muslin.
Details of “Intervention”
Detail of Intervention, fur room installation
Many metres of pink fake fur and custom dyed muslin were used to create this installation, an interactive art piece that encourage visitors to enter the room and interact with the fur
Details of “Intervention”
Photograph of Daniel Reader in the fur room whilst we filmed the video Intervention
The wonderful Daniel Reader acted in a video in the space.
Janice Gobey in Intervention
The artist gets an opportunity to try out the fur room!
Intervention – A moment in a fur room
As part of Intervention, we filmed the actor Daniel Reader in the fur room. People who were unable to attend will have the opportunity to experience the space.

Thanks to all involved in making this possible!

About the Artist

Janice Gobey

Janice Gobey graduated from the University of Melbourne’s, Victorian College of the Arts with a Masters in Visual Art obtaining a 1st class honours. 

She was selected as one of the artists for the Linden New Art Innovators program as well as curated exhibitions such as The f Word at Ararat Rural Gallery, Fixation at the Town Hall Gallery and the f Generation at George Paton Gallery. 

Gobey was shortlisted for the Kennedy Art Prize, the Wyndham Art Prize, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize as well as the Toyota Community Spirit Sculpture Prize and has participated in numerous international residencies such as the NG Creative Art Residency in Provence, the Leipzig International Artist Programme in Germany, the London Summer Intensive, a joint residency between The Slade and Camden Arts Centre, ; Summer Painting Intensive at the School of Visual Arts, New York; Point B, New York and Takt, Berlin.


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