MA Fine Art Interim Show
NB. Views and opinions of students in the degree show are their own and do not represent the views of the University.
Corona Virus has allowed me time to step back, look at things differently within my practice. Make art that relates to my childhood, my mental health problems, my history. I am excavating my past, holding a dialogue with my younger self. The process allows me to explore my time and memory, explore unease through artifacts. Objects, displayed at uncomfortably odd heights; the height of a 5-year-old, or strewn across the floor. Facilitate interaction on an unusual level, challenge the ‘normal.’ Due to the rules surrounding COVID19 the exhibition has been moved to an online viewing event, so my story needs to read differently. Address mental health in an idiosyncratic way. The hand of the abuser, being made to stop doing so much, the deboss of a society. What will the mass impact on mental health ‘create,’ from being made to stay at home? Trapped in the four walls with the hand that I was dealt as a child – would have had a catastrophic effect, the times at home were terrible. Yet, the times in school were worse!
Symbols, used long before text, are a powerful way to communicate meaning. The hand can be read as the hand of God or simply stop, a symbol of protection or rejection. ‘DON’T’ consists of two negative handprints on a piece of cloth; the flat of my hand ‘the tool’ used to wipe linen over an inked surface. The fabric is turned over, the process repeated, creating a layering, a double negative. Since, two negatives make a positive, I can now change the narrative. The cathartic process has enabled me to turn my double negative into a positive.
There are two sides to each story, sometimes, one shouts louder … ‘DON’T’