MARTHA & ME
A homage to Martha Rosler and 'The Semiotics of the Kitchen'. Photos taken (aspect ration 3/4) without set design or premeditated layout, of the kitchen one morning.
The role of women and domesticity is changing and is having an impact on our ideas around feminism and defining gender in binary terms. To quote Kentridge: 'Lest their actions merit recognition, their deeds must not be recorded.'
A CATASTROPHE OF UNSPEAKABLE MAGNITUDE
The aim of this project was to somehow represent a broad interpretation of the experience of motherhood amongst X Generation women and to challenge invested sensitivities around fertility, value, self belief and sanity.
Based on the same interviews with 28 women as used in ABOUT CREATIVITY and inspired by the films of Sally Potter, Daria Martin, William Kentridge, Tacita Dean and Jennet Thomas, I have created a four and a half minute docufictional film about three women and their experience of fertility.
This 6 minute film, About Creativity, explores the importance of community, usefulness and beauty in a woman’s creative actions. The film’s script is a collaborative effort amongst 28 women and is intended to be inspiring to other women who may watch it, exploring the idea of creating art that has social impact. The film documents how creativity often allows self-discovery and a method of working through a difficult time or situation, how creativity gives pleasure and almost meditative peace to the doer, and how creativity is often a need, a requirement for fulfilment and a must for contentment. About Creativity, a docufiction rather than a documentary, allows the creation of a beautiful, calm and intimate place where the idea that creativity is a vital act of being a woman is affirmed and that because of this, is a useful and tender social tool. In the original edit this film lasted 16 minutes. Read more about the making of the film here.
Girl - Repeated Exposure
These photograms are so simple and yet manage to subvert this iconic image of the 'perfect women' that has infiltrated our society with such longevity and insidiousness. I felt the need to take ownership of the image and, of course, distort it so that it came closer to the reality of a woman's life. I plan to develop this work with a suitable soundscape in the near future.