Within this body of work, I looked at our inner voice and imagined that the thoughts that we think whilst in the home may embed themselves onto our most used items. These common thoughts of regret and reproach seep from us, and they must go somewhere? I imagined them imprinting themselves into the fabric of these items.
The Harm Chair was a look at Social anxiety, I asked people on social media, what it was that kept them at home rather than out mixing with their friends? I received forty pages of responses within the hour, the responses were a mixture of heart breaking and funny in equal measure.
I chose not to edit or change but simply embroidered them onto soft velvety fabric and had it upholstered onto a vintage chair, I felt this was representational of the prison that home comforts can sometimes bring.
The main sentiment that echoed through the responses was ‘I am not good enough’ said in much different way. What was interesting that during the thread people began commenting on each other’s responses and were amazed that other people felt the same as them, that they had felt alone in their emotions, there was a feeling of solidarity and understanding that made the intrusion into their feelings somehow more worthy.
Woman Bate– I LOVE automata, and I wanted to make something dedicated to the #Metoo campaign, in my optimistic offering, we can see the roles reversed and the woman chasing the shark, all those times and years that men thought they had ‘got away’ with systemic abuse suddenly came back to haunt them, we are asking for respect and in many cases justice, there is something very satisfying turning the handle and watching the woman smugly chasing the preditor for once.