‘Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap; Wash the colour clothes on Tuesday and put them on the clothesline to dry; don’t walk bare head in the hot sun… always eat your food in such a way that it won’t turn someone else’s stomach; on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not the slut you are so bent on becoming’.
Exploring manipulation and construction in the digital image, Objects of Desire is based on a poem by Jamacia Kincaid and hopes to reimagine the restriction of the domestic sphere placed upon women. Creating digital atmospheres out of domestic objects using both found and self-published images, this work aims to draw upon the sensuality of repetitive domestic tasks and ask the question; how can we as women, creative women, embrace the restrictions placed upon us and construct new ways of experience in order to liberate and educate?
The poem circles back to the idea of deviation being inevitable if we do not keep up with what is expected of us. In sticking to the restriction of the home, and creating tension and unease within this space, this work attempts to offer a sensory experience that undermines the domestic from the inside out.