24th June 2022 - 26th August 2022 at T Street Gallery, Birmingham
Photography courtesy of Marcin SZ - www.roomart.org
Seizing the opportunity to be the 'Fisher-Price of art' by immersing the viewer in a sensory overload of vibrant colours and shapes, I explore the playful power of collaboration between materials, processes, space, and interactions with the audience through sculptural forms.
My research interrogates the extent to which sculptural art practice can open up spaces to articulate the identity ‘woman’, in doing so disrupting normative binary and representational power structures that marginalise the ‘other’. This is realised by drawing on Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva’s work surrounding the abject, in-between and ‘other’ dimensions of subjectivity and reframing their practice of l’écriture féminine (feminine writing). By approaching their own sculptural practice as research, they examine how the acts of artmaking and encounter as embodied and material processes can give rise to ‘unknowing’ and the becoming of identity through the entanglement of self, materiality and action (Ahmed, 2006), this enables new understandings and material spaces (Heideggar, 1966). My own artistic practice provides a vital testing-ground to investigate the affective and transformative potential of materials, as well as operating as a form of material thinking (Bolt, 2010).