Nobodies is a series of three soft sculptures hanging from meat hooks and chains, which explore ways that cloth and stitch can evoke the abject in art.

The abject is the instinctive feeling of horror ‘to a threatened breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of the distinction between self and other’. It is that which inherently disturbs conventional identity and cultural concepts. For my dissertation I have researched the ways Christian Boltanski and Louise Bourgeois use empty second-hand clothing in their work to suggest a physical absence and ultimately, death, the most extreme abjection. Choosing to use cloth in sculpture can powerfully subvert traditional representations of the body.

Image: Nobodies, 2014, installed at Synecdoche, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, June

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I have been trying to think of a way to describe what I call 'stream of consciousness' knitting. I first used the term to describe the way I was knitting the abstract uterus, 'All the babies I might have had'. I used double pointed needles and knitted a series of holes radiating out from the central point. 

Knitting with only one colour emphasised the process and made me very aware of what I was doing; I had no pattern, a few rules, made decisions as I knitted and the design developed as the piece grew. The structure mirrored the process and was organic, cellular, reminding me of binary fission.

Image: All the babies I might have had I, 2012, installed at Align, UWE, Bower Ashton campus, Bristol, June

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