Liquid Selves are monochrome works made since 2006 that explore politics of female identity, using bitumen as a metaphor for metaphysical and subjective fluidity. They express a non-narratable self, undoing identity, and putting differences together.

black and white image of a woan and leaves
Exploring the politics of female identity, dripping bitumen onto canvas is an exploration of multiple selfhood. Psychoanalytic theories of self, non-self and other reveal problematic processes of becoming for women. Using fluid patterns and a unique aesthetic of textile forms to construct a new iconographic utterance, to transform the Subject.  
Bitumen paint is an earthy, textual substance. There is a magical happenstance in its use, as control is limited. The contrast of using only black and white is a metaphor for subjectivity split between thought, and transformation. It is a beautiful language to express a non-narratable and fluid self. The pattern work is ‘text’, constructing a language with which to explore gender. Attention to gender can change the very foundations of looking. My work aims to explore what women are, and what they can be.

medium sized painting catalogue 2019

painting of a woman

In 2011 I self-published a book about  Liquid Selves: the fragmentary and multiple nature of Self; a self-published book about dripped bitumen paintings which explored the fragmentary and fluid nature of self in 3 voices. This is available to view on my other website:

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