MA Fine Art
Shyness and nerves go hand in hand with the historical constraints on a woman’s voice. The gaps in her/ my/ our/ language give lie to the desire of transgressing beyond a position of silence. The origins of the project take the form of a phenomenological retaliation upon the restrictions of language. The fear of crushing censorship that encapsulates a personal struggle with the anxiety of articulation is cocooned between contemporary and historical limitations, which would restrain woman’s progression to the point of self-expression.
Once on the other side of the ‘singular pane’ of language we are met with a new impasse – a masculine logic. As Irigaray noted, the fluidity and multiplicity of a feminine language can create a provisional space outside of this language, allowing her to speak (as) woman, or parler-femme. If there is discomfort in the use of ‘I’ to make their position, then through the connection to her multiplicity, she can gain traction in the overarching ‘we’.
‘We’ must learn to experience ourselves through the multiple voice.
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