In my practice I use fantastical scenarios to shine a light on the absurdity of the human situation using video, installations and print.
I often use humour to explore serious subject matter and this satirical approach has evolved from the creation of spoof online content and subverting mainstream adverts and continues with a recent body of work. ‘What women do’ is a series of mock posters created in a public information style and format presenting false information and diagrams using bold fonts and colours. This work challenges the situation women find themselves in with instructions on how to be womanly, the truth about their hidden facial expressions behind masks (relieved at not having to smile) and a revelation of a possible danger to men engaging in sexual activity.
My preferred method of creating is digitally. This stems from a long period of time housebound with small children where I learnt how to us Photoshop whilst breastfeeding babies, enjoying the ability to produce work that had no trace of the chaotic domestic environment it was created in.
I chose to further explore women and the domestic setting in a recent piece, ‘The Work Is Never Done’. This video work overlays my own everyday activities, such as cleaning and preparing family meals, over scenes from the city of Venice where my maternal ancestors experienced tragedy over generations. One having been left in a baby hatch at the Orphanage of Pieta in unknown circumstances. Then some 80 years later, that baby’s daughter, my great grandmother was found drowned in the grand canal not far from where her own mother had been abandoned.
I hope to portray with this piece that in spite of the decades between the women in my maternal line, and our wildly different lives, the relentless monotony of work in the home which generally falls on women is ‘never done’ and connects us through time.