‘Pink to Make the Boys Wink’ and the Transition from Little Girl to Young Woman

Recently I’ve been interested in exploring my transition from young girl to young woman in my work. It has always been something that has intrigued me, particularly the role that my sexuality played in this transitioning process. I feel that becoming sexually active was one of the main events that signified my new ‘young woman’ status…

‘Report Inappropriate’ and the Policing of Women’s Bodies on Social Networks

‘Report Inappropriate’ was originally a very short series of self-portraits (which I’ve now reduced to just one self-portrait) made in response to the misuse of Instagram’s ‘Report inappropriate’ option. Looking back at pieces of your artwork a few weeks/months after you’ve made them can be really quite useful. I’ve done this recently and found that…

‘They are Feminists After All’ and an Analysis of Online Hate

‘They are Feminists After All’ is a hand embellished wall hanging that I made in response to an article, and the sexist troll comments that it generated, that was written about a piece of my work. It also slated the work of Eleanor Haswell and Clandestine Collective, which we are both part of. I’ve built…

‘Nips’ and Gender Identity

Recently, I’ve started to explore gender and identity in some of my work. For ‘Nips’ (below), I wanted to look at what it means to be masculine in today’s society and the limitations of living up to the ‘macho’ stereotype, particularly the stereotypical assumption that men wearing pink is somehow automatically an indication of homosexuality.…