Sheela na gigs are 14th century carvings of womxn who sat above entrances to churches holding open their vaginas to ward off evil spirits. Sheela is a live drawing; sitting above the doorway I sculpt onto myself with clay, turning into a Sheela na gig. On the floor beside me is another Sheela sculpture. Looking into the clay, molded to my shape, is more exposing, more naked, then the live drawing happening above the door. I am making myself naked not just of clothes but of social constructs.
School of Communication
MA Visual Communication, 2017
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My practice is an experimental drawing practice. I draw using mixed media to create a material and spatial language; language is limited and this is why we make art. I use myself physically as a drawing material. Although the work is of me it is not about me.
My aim is to escape mind-body dualism, the idea that your body is an object separate to your thought. If I sculpt clay with my hand, my thought is in my hand. The indentation in the clay is then the indentation of thought; the clay is an extension of myself. As mind-body dualism is a result of the gaze, I do so by designing and creating spaces that are without the gaze. To steal Linda McDowell’s expression, this is a practice of ‘spatialising feminism.’
- BA (1.1) Interior and Spatial Deisgn, Chelsea College of Art