After Image

Blind Spot After Image (I Am What Remains)
Padded wallpiece made from fabric on MDF: 1700 x 2300 mm
Black vinyl adhesive lettering: 'I am becoming woman'
Nail enamel on saucers: 25 units, overall size 2000 x 3000 mm
Cupboard knobs: 25 units, overall size 2000 x 3000 mm

'For Death must be somewhere in a society; if it is no longer (or less intensely) in religion, it must be elsewhere; perhaps in this image which produces Death while trying to preserve life'. The death produced by photography is an 'asymbolic Death, outside of religion, outside of ritual, a kind of abrupt dive into literal Death' and the grief that it produces cannot be 'transformed'.
Roland Barthes
'...the feminine must be deciphered as interdict: within the signs or between them, between the realised meanings, between the lines [... the female other is] a sort of inverted or negative alter ego - 'black' too, like a photographic negative.'
Luce Irigaray
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