“A woman is like white cloth: once soiled, it can be washed but never made clean again.”
Shame is a construct created to disempower.
This series of images was created as a direct response to current events, from personal experience and the ongoing observation of how society is evolving (or devolving) to respond to female autonomy of body, mind, desire and sexuality.
It is a statement on how societal attitudes ‘stain’ women in ways that are not always visible but are always felt.
Women are not ‘soiled’ by their natural desires and sexual proclivities but by the words and deeds of men who consciously choose to thwart, minimise and control the female experience and voice.
From the celebrated male gaze and objectification of the female form, through to the censorship of the female gaze in the reclamation of their own bodies and sexuality.
From centuries of puritanical messaging and the policing of womens bodies and reproductive rights, through to male violence that is perpetrated against women.
Does this make you feel uncomfortable?
Questions are raised, answers are needed and the answers we get may not always be what we want to hear.
How can we enable a dialogue that ensures womens voices are heard and that collectively we are able to bear witness to the evidence and testimony of their lived experience?
Looking at patriarchal control, the impact of modern day misogyny and the abuse of power and privilege, this series is a visceral and personal exploration of what it is to be woman.
Exhibition at Edge Galleries 10th July – 15th August 2021
Causes and consequences #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 – 42x60cm or 56x80cm
33% #2 – 72x80cm
33% #1 – 94x80cm
The shame is yours to own – triptych 3 x 20x25cm
Malleus Maleficarum #1, #2 – 56x80cm
Witch, bitch and deliberately barren – 72x80cm
Turning it back in on myself – triptych 3 x 25x25cm
Evidence and testimony #4, #3, #1 – 20x20cm each
19% #3 – 72x80cm
19% #2 – 110x60cm
All that’s required is your silence – 72x80cm
All images are inkjet prints on archival cotton rag and available to purchase in limited editions of 8 + 2AP