Series of immersive works encouraging interaction with the sharing, documenting, and battling of gendered experiences through a compassionate lens.
Encompassing installation, sculpture, print, and video, the exhibited work is comprised of three distinct pieces all reflecting on the corelation between identity, memory and systemic structures.
This body of work is an extension of the website I launched last year, logthelocation.com, which invites anyone who currently identifies, or has previously identified, as female to submit locations where they have experienced a form of GBV – from sexist micro-aggressions to more serious harassments. The anonymous submissions are added to a public interactive map, creating a living archive of individual experiences.
Researcher Dr Brené Brown defines stories as being “data with a soul” and through my art I create ‘visual databases’. After photographing and printing the submitted locations, I present them as a tangible database, encapsulating the collective issue as a walk-in installation. Considering how we can nurture compassion through art, the pieces intertwine the personal and the impersonal, eradicating the distance we put between ourselves and the stories we read. By including the spectator in the narrative, the passive viewer becomes an active participant, helping relay the themes of power, awareness, and accountability.
Documentation Photographs of Logged Locations
Originally conceived for the Tayside region, the website has garnered over a hundred submissions spanning eight countries. I photograph all of them within reach. Through my two-part printing process, I aim to convey the fragility of our memories and the doubt we are programmed to implant in our minds when recalling sexist incidents.
208 acetone transfers of scanned inkjet prints on silk, steel, 208 x 233 x 208 cm
Details of installation
Our Table (2022)
Our Table (2022) is a video installation featuring four women, each relaying their own story through non-verbal communication; hands only, convey each woman’s emotions. The piece encourages viewers to engage with the work, inviting them to sit down around the table, the projected hands morphing into extensions of their own.
Video installation, projected from above onto table. Duration: 10 minutes 6 seconds
Details of video installation
The hand-built claw machine asks viewers to consider who holds the power to shape and choose others’ identities. Visitors are invited to play and ‘win’ a mask, the claw an extension of the person in control. The machine should be fun, as they are made for kids. However, in this context it creates connotations of naivety and ignorance, calling for a better, more informed society beyond inequality and patriarchal power.
Hand-built claw machine with Ali Napier, 198 x 80 x 80 cm
Details of claw machine
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