Wendy Jacob: The Squeeze Chair Project is a unique collaboration
between artist Jacob and Temple Grandin, an acclaimed animal scientist.
Grandin, who designed humane livestock handling facilities to restrain and
calm animals, is also autistic, and because of her hypersensitivity, common
among those with autism, she constructed a squeeze apparatus for herself
as a means to calm her extreme anxiety. Jacob and Grandin have had a three-year
dialogue, out of which Jacob designed the squeeze chairs that, with the
use of a foot pump, hug the sitter. The Squeeze Chair Project documents
both Grandin's own research and the collaboration between artist and scientist.
Both Wendy Jacob and Temple Grandin talked about their work at the opening;
Jacob worked with students for three days at the Museum. This exhibition
was organized by the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.