Shannon Scanlan’s immersive installation, Gut Feelings, in room 207, is an investigation of the social, psychological, and sexual aspects of corporeal politics, body perception and body image. In this setting, viewers are confronted by informal representations of body parts where “the dry outside moves toward the slippery inside.”
Ambiguous conglomerates of fabric, toys, and carpet play on the both the viewer’s desire, and hesitation to interact. With hand-stitching and her trusty sewing machine, Scanlan creates protuberances, openings and crevices out of garish fabrics. She literally stitches across the boundaries between the inside and outside of these fluid spaces with feigned sites of abjection that solicit tactile investigation despite themselves.