The Not-Doings are made from recycled materials, suspended to form a colony. This work was part of an investigation into rites of passage and takes its title from The Eagle's Gift, one of a controversial series of books by Carlos Castaneda popular in the 1960s and 70s, in which the author tells of being suspended from a tree all night in a "Not-Doing", a rite of passage on his path to becoming a shaman.
The Not-Doings were inspired by the lives of insects, in particular wasps nests made of natural paper mâché and the metamorphic forms of chrysalises familiar from childhood. Their ambiguity and human scale introduce a sense of the uncanny. They are waiting to emerge, hovering on the threshold of becoming something else. They have been exhibited in various locations in London and Oxford, including the Royal Festival Hall where they were shown as part of Pestival, a science-art collaboration on the theme of insects.