Using 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. ‘Bodies’ is a series of clay sculptures and film, 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.
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 (left) 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.