Through a wider lens that acknowledges systems of power, I examine how negative affects such as those associated with the emotions of disgust and fear, are constructed and the aesthetics surrounding them. I’m interested in the political implications and social impact, how affect can be constructed and manipulated, how external forces can exert an influence on an individual and the questions this poses for notions of agency.
Recently a specific focus in my work has been on the fear of contagion and how threat is registered within the body by rupturing notions of its self-containment, themes I believe to be urgent in a contemporary context. Speaking of difference and the visceral body, I have been working with the sense of smell, body fluids and swarms of insects due to their resistance to containment, boundary crossing abilities and affective potency. I seek to balance feelings of disgust and fear with an aesthetics of care. By emphasizing proximity I create a sense of intimacy in order to invite the viewer in, not push them away.
My artistic practice is research-based and interdisciplinary, combining studies in the areas of biology, psychology and research practices with experiences in activism as well as formal artistic training in textiles, materials and performance. This allows me to bring multiple perspectives, approaches and sensibilities, from both art and science as well as experience from positions of privilege and more marginal positions.