'Transform' is a 3 metre wide wearable installation made of crushed velvet fabric. The wing-like artwork was created for the feminist arts festival, POW Thanet (Power of Women) as part of 'EXSOLVO', a collaboration between Ruth Fox, musician, ANNA and dancer, Harriet Parker-Beldeau. The performance and 7 minute film was produced in Margate by ANNA, co founder of The JAM Network, an anti-human trafficking organisation and features Harriet, co-director of The Natasha's Project.
'EXSOLVO' is Latin for loosening, abandoning, relinquishing. This collaboration offers a visual and auditory exploration of the complexity of emotional, psychological and physical enslavement and release in the experience of human trafficking. It was also performed live as part of POW Festival on 7th March in Margate Market Square, to raise money for Stop The Traffik.
'Transform' was created to evoke themes of restriction, liberation, shame and survival when synergized with Harriet's dance movements. The soundtrack was created specially for the film, by ANNA.
'WOMB ROOMS' was created for the UK feminist arts festival, POW Thanet and exhibited at Pie Factory, Margate in March 2019. 'WOMB ROOMS' offers the artist's personal situation of being born in a womb adjacent to a second womb in her mother's body, a rarity her mother has known as a bicornuate uterus, which can often cause infertility. Imagining the experience of this as a baby through the themes of fear, survival, comfort and love, her installation reasserts the body as a home. Lending lightly to the theories of Semiotics, 'WOMB ROOMS' draws upon Plato's idea of the chora, which Julia Kristeva then adopted as a "nourishing maternal space.”
The installation also offers the idea that humans are frequently trying to recapture the space of the womb because it is our first ever home. From dens we make as children to the houses we inhabit as adults. The installation seeks to evoke the experience of residing in the womb and the distress of leaving this omnipotent space.
On a wider level, 'WOMB ROOMS' aims to open dialogues about the biological, historical, social and cultural discourses affecting women, their wombs and reproduction, for which the objects placed upon the chairs become signifiers.