Time Out…

There is power in our blood. There is a story in our blood. There is sacrifice and birth. Birth to the world within our blood. Before we became settled domesticating argiculturalists we had a different rhythm. Women were thought of differently. We, along with our supportive male kin created a rhythm which followed the seasons and the moon.

Taking ourselves out of the life of the community and village every month was necessary, not taboo, not polluting, not evil. There is much ethnographic evidence to support this. Women needed this time to reclaim themselves, look after each other, time out of the community’s needs and productive activities, time to think and recoup, regroup. It was only later after our hunter-gatherer rhythm had been disrupted in to a sun worshipping, settled system that our blood was seen as dirty, shameful, dangerous and bad. Women were secluded away as a punishment not as empowerment.

LIkewise within a hyper-capitalist system women and all workers are belittled and punished…they are banished into ghettos, trapped as debt-slaves, real slaves with no time out of the constant pressure to produce materials of economic value.

I created this installation piece to reclaim our mental and physical menstrual huts, red tents, sheds, spaces and places were we do not have the pressure to perform and produce anything but where we can play and create. I am raising a shelter. We need shelter now mentally and physically from the brutality of the system we have unwittingly created.

Time Off was unvieled at the Sweet Art Exhibition for International Women’s Day 2013. The Crypt Gallery, London. This was a major installation which brought together many different ideas in a cohesive way. It also includes a sound piece with the wonderful voices of London’s  Fearless Female’s arts collective. You can hear it here :  Time Out Sound

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Self Portrait (acrylic on canvas) Piece inspired by Pilbara rock art, Upper Yule River, Australia : Goldsmiths MA Art Psychotherapy Student Exhibition 2007

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Self Portrait (acrylic on canvas) Piece inspired by Pilbara rock art, Upper Yule River, Australia : Goldsmiths MA Art Psychotherapy Student Exhibition 2007

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