“For the last year, I have been developing a series of research projects and performances in different abandoned military sites on Bere Island. These sites are potent reminders of our colonial history and the types of political regimes that have existed on this island. My work aims to subvert these historical and political sites to speak to more gendered forms of colonisation and regimentation. Paralleling the domestic and the military, the work draws out the repetitive nature of domestic chores with the drill and precision of military discipline. Attending to the function of dressage, I seek to highlight the subtle performativity of uniform in the classification of roles and sensibilities in society. The performance of gender, identity and in/equality is investigated through different contexts and media to address the physiological and psychological tensions between the bodies we inherit and the head spaces we inhabit.”
A work in progress.
Beneath the Surface
An island is a safe haven of total peace. However, in every safe haven there can be turmoil. The stones in the landscape symbolise this turmoil. Stones can be used to build boundaries and dividers. Each are different in shape, size and weight, but all can come together to form a powerful barrier between humankind, or metaphorically, between happiness and sadness. Although stones can trap bodies in darkness, all it takes is one sliver of light to see hope.
Coming Up For Air
An exploration of the subtle monotony of maintenance work, which often creates a sense of claustrophobia similar to the sensation of drowning.
Madness in the Head
The head is like a vessel, containing all elements of emotional disorders affecting everyone, each in a different way. There is no stigma attached to the word ‘head’ and therefore people can use the word more freely without being labelled. This project explores the concept of mental health through the discussion of the word ‘head’.
I am interested in rethinking the idea of materials and how they matter, signify and how they communicate. I don’t want them to symbolise, illustrate or represent something else. It is more a sensibility. I want the objects to speak on their own terms.