Kindred (2014). Single-channel video with audio.

Kindred, 2014
Single-channel video with audio
7 minute 35 second seamless loop


Exhibitions:

17 Days (vol. 9)
Richmond Center for Visual Art | Kalamazoo, Michigan
November 14, 2016 – May 1, 2017

17 Days (vol. 9)
The Bret Llewellyn Art Gallery | Alfred, New York
September 26 – October 20, 2016

You Can't Take It With You
Commonwealth Gallery | Madison, WI, USA
October 1 – October 8, 2016

CICA Museum Experimental Film and Video Exhibition
Czong Institute for Contemporary Art | Gimpo, SKR
August 12 – September 18, 2016

Flesh
Espacio Gallery | London, UK
October 20-25, 2015

58th Annual Beloit & Vicinity
Wright Museum of Art | Beloit, WI
June 13, 2015 - July 23, 2015

Momentum Technology Video Film Festival
Institute for Women and Art | Rutgers University, NJ
October 1, 2014 - April 1, 2015

Twenty-Three Sisters
Gallery 1308 | Madison, WI, USA
August 8, 2014 - September 30, 2014


PHOTO CREDITS (Gallery 1308 installation view): Katie Garth

 

Kindred is a visual response to Carol B. Adams’ The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, which links meat consumption with patriarchal systems of oppression. Female-bodied animals across species are subjected to parallel forms of violence, through ongoing cycles of objectification, fragmentation, and consumption; rendered “being-less” through technology and cultural representation. Kindred presents a reversal of this process, using liminal and meditative audiovisual elements to generate a ritualistic cycle of being. On the surface, the resting nude situated within a womb-like aesthetic seduces the viewer, specifically, the male gaze. Yet, the form’s severed angularity shares a disturbing resemblance to animal bodies on the butcher’s block. The gaze is further interrupted by another, nonhuman “nude,” whose presence raises questions about anthropocentric frameworks of reproductive oppression.

Kindred excerpt