Artist Statement

We store the imprint of memory in our bodies and our culture. Some of this memory comes from personal experience, some we learn through social exposures, and some we inherit from our ancestors. Understanding systemic and genealogic gender trauma requires an interest in confronting the conditions of hegemonic violence. This means unraveling deep contextual layers of ancient socio-cultural inheritances.

 

My research is an interdisciplinary mesh of new media, installation and performance art; gender studies; and feminist phenomenology. I explore the holistic conditions and affect of trauma through the befitting juxtaposition of materiality and impermanence. Sculptural form, immersive installation and performance provide physical processes for visually theorizing the signification of gender violence. Video art and new media offer an ephemeral reframing of embodied memory and summon presence as an act of resilience in the face of physical and psychic subjugation. These gestures combine the political act of refusal to mirror the natural world, where sensorial imageries and elemental transformations provide both metaphor and catalyst for understanding the hierarchy of the senses in response to trauma.

 

Often the wounds of oppression on both sides are so profound that one subconsciously hides their vulnerability even from oneself. This repressive measure manifests in the disconnection of body and mind, self and community, nature and culture, and feminine and masculine binaries. My research acknowledges the loop of trauma as result of these divisions and embraces the elemental lessons of nature and the law of impermanence as primary tools for grappling with the burdens of both situated and systemic violence against feminized bodies.

© 2020 by Tacie Jones

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