‘Bodies’ is a series of 6 clay sculptures and body casts, creating a set of alter-egos: a docufictional representation of times when the body takes the brunt of life choices. A reflection a woman's experience of life and of the power of narrative, making and the pivotal role of creativity in forming identity. The body records the pain and joy of our lives and represents our experience. Using psychotherapy theory and the ideas of Babette Rothschild in understanding the psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment these works look at the experience of rape, still birth, loss and survival.
I claw away my skin (right) was initially a performance piece using a life size a clay torso. Chunks and fistfuls of clay was ripped from the torso and strewn on the floor. In order to raise the ‘destroyed’ sculpture to a place of reverence it was then cast in plaster, including all the remnants of clay that were scattered around the floor. I claw away my skin is a depiction of the survival of rape.
Stillbirth (right) tries to visualise the loss of a child as a literal hole in one’s body. A hand, the ghost of a child too large to be new born, peeps into the world, a cute beautiful thing in completely the wrong place at the wrong time, points to the disbelief and ceaselessness of grief.