White bouncy house modelled on psychiatric ward for Brooklyn exhibit was created by Cj Hendry and occupies a 3000-square-foot.
Drawing on this, Hendry designed the stark white space to evoke the aesthetic of insane asylums, with a playful touch. While the large inflatable looks like a children’s bouncy castle, its padded white walls and floors also take cues from those found in psychiatric institutes.
“It’s actually far more psychological and sinister, and its showcased in a naive way but far more sinister in concept,” Hendry explained.
The inflatable is accompanied by colourful, hyper-real pencil drawings developed to also resemble squish art. Popular with children, squish painting involves placing wet paint on one half of a piece of paper, folding it to cover it, and then unfolding it to reveal a symmetrical work of art.
“It’s a psych ward mimicked as a children’s wonderland with squish paintings and bouncing castles,” Hendry said. “I kind of mushed kid squish painting with Rorschach tests.”