An Absent Presence of a Present Absence? An Installation in Three Parts:
i) An Absent Presence? Readymade with video cameras, Roland Levinsky Building, 7th June 2009, With Fiona Lovell. 7th June -29th June 2009
ii) Present and Absent? White wheelchair Tracks, From Roland Levinsky Building to Royal William Yard, 7th June 2009, With Fiona Lovell.
iii) A Present Absence? Computer Room, Millhouse Bakery, Royal William Yard, Video Floor projection: ‘A Different Perspective’, DVD, projector, paper screen 5ftx4ft, speaker and cube seating, 5th June 2009, With Emma Van Huysse and Andy Banks. 7th – 29th June 2009.
This studio practice centres around finding ways to understand and represent an embodied experience as a wheelchair user. It opens up issues about methods of self-representation and the power of self-narration in challenging the nexus of power and control that created the ‘disabled’ as ‘other’.
Having explored print and sculpture, work then led to video projections, performance, installation and an exploration of the mark making possibilities of my power wheelchair produced by play. While exploring the objecthood of the wheelchair, another aim was to find a material, indexical expression of the sense of agency, freedom and expansion engendered by the experience of using a ‘power’chair
From examining whether a wheelchair becomes part of one’s body consciousness, the work developed into a consideration of narrative theory and how identity is created.
The ‘power’chair becomes a portal pushing one to develop a more integrated and deeply rooted identity that does not rely on received wisdoms. It facilitates a re-making of one’s identity through the artistic and research process. By exploring the subjective narratives created by the use of the wheelchair and the traces it leaves, the intention is to reconfigure the preconceptions of the viewer and lead to a revaluing of the wheelchair.