Everyday Invisible Violence
Everyday Invisible Violence explores, using video performance installation, the psychological spaces of shame and self-hatred, externalising these emotional states using clear everyday objects; gladwrap and sticky tape.
In Self-hatred tape cuts into the flesh in rapid, slicing, staccato movements referencing cutting. In shame the body is wrapped in plastic in an attempt to make it smaller and hide in a transparent cacoon. In both the physical body is distorted referencing and externalising the inner pain.
Both parts of this work are violent in different ways, one overtly brutal-angry and cutting, and the other violent in the act of trying to hide and conceal the truth. In our society these emotional states are widely experienced but poorly tolerated. This work externalises and hence brings to consciousness (and hopefully conversation) these states giving them the chance to be more visible.
Exhibited at D11 Gallery in Thanks for the Fish Exhibition 2014 and reworked into an installation work for Surface Reflections | Subterranean Echoes at Alternating Current Gallery 2016.