By constructing a backdrop suggestive of the maternal/home environment and emphasising the brutal female body as a confine, I depict what really goes on behind closed doors, within our minds and beneath our skin. A human reaction to feeling penned in, whether that trap is a kitchen, a body or an emotional state of restriction and manipulation. The repetitive but necessary torture of housework and gynaecology are key issues in recent works, important points in mine and many others lives.
I use personal experience and commonplace imagery to connect with audiences, about honest and often taboo subject matter. I feel a need to acknowledge the differences and restrictions our bodies can have on us; a desire that will never manifest itself in anything other than an artwork.
Petticoat Nightmares is a live installation/performance. It encompasses large explict images and familiar props, creating a small spot lit theatrical environment for Bernadette to use as the stage set for her live art. The live performance is documented by photographer and film maker at the following link.
Debuted 9th July 2010 at ACT ART 8 - Censored. SOME EXPLICIT IMAGERY
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Petticoat Nightmares © Bernadette Louise