James Gulliver Hancock
Stabilising the worry
Children’s BMX, wheels, aluminium tubing, steel rods
110 X 350 X 80cm

James Gulliver Hancock is a travelling artist originally from Sydney. His work is concerned with perception and subjectivity and continually contains elements of charm and whimsy. He draws from ideas based in psychology including analysis of hypochondria, obsession, hyper-awareness and altered views of the world. Stabilising the worry explores these themes, specifically hypochondria and worry, through the ghost of a child. His modified BMX is left as a symbol of human paranoia, with safety devices extending out ridiculously on either side. These themes of safety and its place in play and freedom are particularly relevant in the setting of Sydney’s hyper-safety-conscious public spaces.