Zoe Aitken

Media Media, close up of rib cage.

Nightmares + Terrors.

Nightmare - 2020 - Glitter, Glue, Tin Foil, Wool, Acrylic paint, Spray Paint on 300gms Paper - 1M X 1.5M

Nightmare

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.