This series addresses the complexity and dangers of psychological entrapment within our own domesticity. It explores ideas of gendered nature of care within the domestic. The lover becomes child, woman becomes mother, at moments losing herself in place of the needs of the other.
My work alludes to the ‘uncanny’ inside our subconscious lurking from the smallest elements within room design- imperfections, like scars, surrounding me. I wanted to raise the malignancy of the domestic - the limitations within relationship co-dependency; the everyday challenges and confusing expectations from our modern society.
Where is my place in society? As a woman, partner, carer and homemaker?
My partner suffers Multiple Sclerosis, which makes him severely disabled, and in need of continual care. I have been his main carer for many years.
I wish to discuss mental illness - such as depression, anxiety and self-doubt, and its’ stigmas - the quiet and lonely suffering, the ‘bleeding’ from the within, which goes by unnoticed by others. I also ask questions of the feminine nature which needs addressing more than ever in these difficult political times.
Malignant Co-dependency was created in my own domestic space. The bathroom signifies washing off one’s ‘dirt’, in this case as a metaphor of negative, heavy emotions, being addressed in the privacy of my own bathroom. The act of taking photographs and observing the surrounding objects becomes my meditation in order to feel at peace again.