5 Pieces by Zoë Fredrick

From the Artist:

This body of work investigates the fantasy world of the reality television series “The Bachelor” and utilizes it as a device to focus on our fascination with the emotions of women, as well as their demonization. These pliable, squishy sculptures exist in a world with an unstable definition of reality. Constant surveillance and an overemphasis on romance is woven into these pillowy structures. Taking cues from the female-led Pattern and Decoration movement and the rich history of storytelling through textiles, the glittery tears of these women hint at trauma and heartbreak.


The Whole Package - small
The Whole Package/ 2016 / Fabric, thread, packing peanuts

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Playing Dead in Corpse Pose | Hannah Adkison

*Content warning: discusses sexual assault*

The yoga instructor dims the lights for shavasana, corpse pose. It’s my first time in her class and I already know that I will never take another class from her. I try to let go of my frustration and let my limbs sink into the mat, paying close attention to my breath, reminding myself that it’s almost over.

From the pattern of her footsteps, stopping at each mat down the line, and from the sudden citrus smell, I gather that she’s going to each person and rubbing something onto them. I’ve experienced this in yoga classes before. The instructor comes around to anoint each forehead with oil, or places her hands on our shoulders. Usually, I enjoy this. I find the touch of hands soothing; it gives the moment a holiness, a specialness. Continue reading “Playing Dead in Corpse Pose | Hannah Adkison”

Repeal the 8th Amendment | Clare Foley

About the piece: I am fascinated by Irish politics and feminism. Currently in Ireland, there is a feminist movement to “Repeal the 8th amendment to the constitution”. This amendment means that horrific human rights violations have occurred in the area of bodily autonomy and abortion rights; the cases of Savita Halappanavar and ‘Miss X’, to name a few. Continue reading “Repeal the 8th Amendment | Clare Foley”

mimesis: a visual poem | emily yost

Like much of my work, this hovers on the boundary between. What you are seeing is a marriage between image and text—a single image reconstructed, the metadata rewritten, parts deleted, rearranged—to mimic the degradation of memories over time. Studies suggest that the more we cling to fading memories, the more they are misremembered, willfully corrupted into something compatible with our current perspective. Desire clouds memory. Continue reading “mimesis: a visual poem | emily yost”