Epicene was my first immersive installation back in 1998-9. As you can see from the image above it involved a large bed-like structure suspended in the air and supported by a metal frame. When the participant got onto the platform a hypnotic/frequency induction helped them into a trance state in which images and emotional aspects of their psyche would arise. Depending upon the person this could become a very deep and even profound experience.
As it was based upon my work with the out-of-body experience (OBE), one of my key aims was to help people have an OBE for themselves.
The piece was very well received and allowed those who took part to experience a whole range of altered states of consciousness. In many ways it is the artwork I am most proud of, it gave people a real experience, and made me realise that this was my goal as an artist. I did not want to simply create interesting pictures that had an aesthetic appeal, I wanted to give people something of the life-affirming experiences I’d had via the out-of-body state.