About my work:
You can read a recent essay about my life and art practice here: http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/muhammad-ali-came-tea-discordia-concors/
And you can see recent work and my process here:
And my work published recently here on Poethead – a wonderful poetry blog by Irish poet Chris Murray here:
A Displaced Anatomy – Fantasy, Trauma and Postcolonial identities
In these works I have been exploring the link between fantasy and trauma, and in particular the notion that colonialism/Empire has its lasting effects on the identity formation of the private and individual subjectivity.
How has my notion of my identity and my experience of my body within my imagination been affected in insidious and quiet ways by the traumas of patriarchal religious and colonial forces ? The body in the mind is shaped into a fantastical grotesquery by contradictory and painful forces of warring sects of being that have created an imaginary and visual ‘body language’ that is both beautiful and disturbing, familiar and strange.
A complex of body sensations and imaginings about my body draw on a colonial past of memories, childhood tales, traumatic social expectations, veils and embroidery.
Trauma creates and produces images, sensations, inside the imagination. My work tries to express not just images but sensations, how the creative imagination and notions of self alter not just how you ‘see’ your body but how it feels.
My perceptions of my body, it’s interior spaces and exterior surfaces, are expressed through watercolour paint, paper and the notion that the hand paints what the body feels, that images in paint are in fact physical formations. My work isn’t about images on paper, it is about body/memory work, the ornamental carved intricacies of trauma on the body/self. The cross-cultural female body becomes a conflicted territory of spaces, volumes, surfaces, skins, materials, substances.
You can also click on the Ornamental Bodies Blog link to see regular posts.