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Summary of artistic direction
I explore issues of female embodiment – or what it means to be born female in the flesh. If women have too often been told what they are by ‘nature’, and too little asked, one way to challenge this deterministic inheritance is through play – to ask questions about what a woman is when she isn’t being what she ‘ought’ to be.
In ‘Being and Nothingness’, Sartre talked about shame as an emotion necessarily involved in social interaction. ‘It is being seen as an object by another person – deprived of determinacy.’
Shame in this sense is a fertile area for me. I work across drawing, printing and painting, and often combine language and image, to explore fissure lines between external ‘objective’ descriptions of a person and subjective states.
I am drawn to areas where the collision between these forces becomes acute. For example, I have done a series of portraits and text pieces about West Riding Pauper’s Asylum where mental illness labels and private experience diverge. I am also exploring the disjunct between a woman’s experience of herself when going through breast cancer and external medical discourse.