He said he knew me from somewhere: a response to gender and experience
Encounters with a predatory male stranger provided the impetus for this work. Memory, my own verbatim accounts, telling and retelling the story have all crystallised the experience in a number of ways. Poetry has been a significant tool in translating those encounters.
Incorporating poetry and installation meant I could create a physical and immersive experience for spectators. Installation was a way of constructing an idiom in which not only invasive but predatory behaviour is revealed by being contextualised and set against a deeply personal response to the on-going experience of an enabling culture of violence against women. The architecture of the site was important in how I presented the fragments of my own poetry and how light, scale and colour may influence the spectator's experience. In stitching, naturally dying and screen printing the textiles all by hand I want to exercise agency and determine the parameters for myself. These works do not need to shout.
I would define the field I am working in as outdated ideologies of biological sex differences that constitute gender. This project is about exploring the potential to renegotiate a feminine persona that defies easy categorization or conformity.