Nightmares + Terrors. Nightmare - 2020 - Glitter, Glue, Tin Foil, Wool, Acrylic paint, Spray Paint on 300gms Paper - 1M X 1.5M
Nightmare explores engrained societal behaviours of misogynistic
oppression over women, through the guise of witchcraft; using visual
communication as a format performing the physical implements required
to create, distribute and manifest spell work.
Terrors Terrors –
300gsm Paper- 2M X 1.5M - Mixed Media painting: Graphite, Gel Pen, Acrylic, Gouache, Acrylic Liquid, Glitter, Glue.
Terrors, as a piece explores engrained societal behaviours of misogynistic
oppression over women; through the guise of the witch. Using tarot cards to
inform visual communication within a format that interchanges language,
using visual distribution and manifestation as a variation of spell work.
I became intrigued by the disempowerment that women received through
association of the word “witch”; a word induced to shame, hurt and control
women. It caused to consider the power that language held, as well as the
concept of language distribution and its effect; such as, the Malleus
Maleficarum – “The Witch Hunter’s Guide” published in 1486. Which
directly lead to the massacring of thousands of people whom were accused
of witchcraft throughout Europe and America.
The format of the Witch is adapted and enhanced to become the focal point
of empowerment for women through embodying the notion of reclamation.
The female forms act as a sigils reversing the negative attachment once
associated. Their constructed forms mirror tower like objects as if
rebuilding a modern landscape, mimicking patriarchal styled phallic
rendering of buildings and landmarks.
Sigils are accompanied by incantations formed using subservient language,
taken from female targeted magazines. Through their placement they
highlight and mock societal constraints that women have endured both
historically and within modern day, raising poignant questions over our
engrained societal behaviours.