2019. Exhibited at Glasgow Print Studio, Knock Knock is a series that uses screenprint, embossment and laser cut plates to consider frames of reference. Conceived as retrospective visual ripostes to “just jokes”, the works reflect on the origins and effects of this type of humour. Monochromatic, structural, and static, they are imbued with the struggle to articulate adequate responses.
Flatness is given form through coalescing slices of image, material and process, mirroring
a translation from media to lived experience. The underlying question moves from one of intention to one of contagion – how, when, and why does something become aware that is has unwittingly become something else?
These works were constructed by superimposing silhouettes of unrecognisable body parts (and bodily references) belonging to female politicians and artists, such as hair or a lower leg, on three-dimensional geometric shapes to create low-tech drawings.
The source images of body parts were extracted from news media and other digital sources. They depict Helen Clark – former front-runner to be the next Head of the United Nations (2016), Head of the United Nations Development Program (2009-2017), Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008), and person with hair; EF and LB – artists with common body parts; Priscilla Finkenauer – home-baker (1966-ongoing) juicing a lemon to bake a Lemon Yoghurt Cake; Nicola Sturgeon – First Minister of Scotland (2014-ongoing), leader of the Scottish National Party (2014-ongoing), and person with legs (as observed by Sarah Vine in her 2017 article in The Daily Mail “Never mind Brexit…”); and Eva Hesse’s Accession II – a lidless box made of aluminium mesh perforated by 29,000 holes and penetrated into its interior by thousands of tubes.