'The Chair is over sized and comfortable, but covered in steel mesh. It sits vacant on a 14' x  10' area of the same mesh on top of pink foam. A 6 volt battery and an electric fence unit sit in front of the chair and are connected to it and the floor area. A current pulses through the chair, while the floor is only for earthing and could be walked onto. The piece is very silent except for a quiet continuous tick, tick.
I was thinking about suburban neurosis and the person who sits in a comfortable chair and doesn't think about anything. Ironically this could be turned on myself.
In order to keep the cats off, my father used to electrify his car every night with a battery and an electric fence unit like I used in the chair. I liked that idea and that image.'

new art – Some recent NZ sculpture and post-object art
edited by Jim Allen & Wystan Curnow
Pbl Heinemann (1976)