My practice is multi-faceted, consisting of videos and installation, live performance, interventions into existing spaces, as well as text, spoken word, script and print-making. My work is concerned with the presentation and construction of body within online and libidinal, maternal space and the metaphorics of space and place associated with the Internet’s interface hardware and software. Often collaborating with an all-female cast of volunteers and participants: amateur and professional weightlifters, spray tan beauticians, dancers, ‘tequila-girls’, strippers, midwives, sound engineers and translators, my practice provokes carnivalesque, pulsating spaces, referencing contemporary game playing, performance and what it means to “share”.
I am interested in fattening spaces so that they become full and chaotic, while at the same time flattening, compressing and reducing, so that the spaces themselves are nothing but screens or skins.
My work has been shown at the Serpentine Gallery, London, Tate Modern, London, Kunst Museum, Bonn and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and she has performed at Frieze Art Fair, London and Performa in New York. She recently co-founded the Ruskin Centre for performance at Oxford University and is currently doing a practice-led PhD in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, supervised by Corin Sworn and John Cussans.
My practice-led doctoral research has centred on the experience of the maternal in both real and virtual space. The project has documented and diarised my own fertility, pregnancy and giving birth, investigating how the maternal operates within the online environment and how motherhood is configured (researched, imaged, networked) through new ‘virtual’ versions of domesticity, the digital-corporeal and desire. The central theme has been the intertwining of the maternal body with the digital and throughout the research, online and offline bodies have collided visually, politically and theoretically. I have learnt that the virtualisation of woman’s bodies and their representation through electronic systems are heightened when in relation to the (in)fertile, pregnant, lactating or mothering body. My research has uncovered that the construction of (m)otherhood in the digital age, is an entangled condition, where the push and pull between occupying real space and online space is amplified, meaning that there is a continual disruption of power at play: both opening up the space for versions of (m)otherhood to be performed, but also often rupturing or disappearing the maternal body all together. My original contribution to the field of discourse is thus a lived, embodied imaging and performing of maternity, through a cyber-feminist position at the intersection of institution, community and artwork.