HEIDI STOKES
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When you walk down a busy street or travel on a squashed tube, you can learn a lot about
how an environment creates a certain kind of social conditioning. I often feel cities are built to
function but do not necessarily accommodate our psychological anxieties. My work attempts to
provoke, alleviate or highlight those anxieties. I reuse everyday objects, creating new functions
for them that are more emotionally rather than functionally led, such as a plaster to stop
someone talking so much, or a loudspeaker that you can scream into in a busy street, or a
traffic light that a person carries to stop weary people in the street.