Chris Pearson's work explores how modern technology is transforming the interior decorative hegemony established by William Morris in the late 19th century. Morris' romanticised, highly decorative organic rhythms were in ideological opposition to the period's industrialisation. As a master of the at pattern, the repeats of Morris' designs were determined - at least in theory - by Arts and Crafts production methods. Pearson has created dynamic surfaces that reference Morris' most famous wallpapers. He has used skills from previous work as an animator and a textile designer (creating fabrics for Alexander McQueen) to investigate the relevance of patterns in the digital age.
Heat-sensitive wallpaper has foliage that reacts to changes in room temperature, suggesting the variations in densities found in nature. Animations of a traditional print are projected onto walls, simulating growth and decay. At BofBain's recent show in Paris, Pearson digitally mapped a bathtub so that the projected animated pattern didn't distort to its shape as expected - marking a significant transition from 2D to 3D surface projections.