Trauma Series #2
23 September - 11 October 2015
Opening Wednesday 23 September, 6.30-8pm
I see clothing as a metaphor for human actions and wool as a tactile medium that evokes memory.
Most of my knitted objects are biographical pieces based on traumatic experiences in childhood. My aim is to achieve a sense of embodiment – to seek a balance between emotion and form. The exaggerated length of the sleeves points to growth impeded by the past, and to the present where the effects of trauma can never be fully exorcised. The scale of the garments relates directly to the scale of trauma – magnified, distorted, adulterated.
I try to play with notions of unheimlich where grotesque shapes eschew function and the familiarity of objects is replaced with a degree of uncertainty verging on discomfort.