Chloë is an artist and arts educator, mainly working with kids. Within her practice, she works with text, sculpture and printmaking. Chloë is currently a studio holder at Staffordshire Street Studios.
a slack. a burst. a spill.
Growing up in council flats and homes, I think about how impermanent the domestic setting can be. I think about all the failures presented and personified in my objects… how impermanent they are. Feelings of unease, being unsettled and unfulfilled. Sara Ahmed (Living A Feminist Life, 2017. Pg 58) spoke about understanding un-happiness “not as the failure to be happy… but a refusal, a claim, a protest, or even just some ordinary thing, a texture of life being lived.”
In recording textures of life, of the everyday, of a peeling or of a drip - I re-stage domestic routines. I work with text, reimagine workaday objects in soaps, and reuse and reproduce images and things already made, treated like a draft; through casting and printing to rework the practices of feminised work, that of reproductive and emotional labour. Subverting the surfaces of everyday life and using substances that will be diluted and washed away, these recorded moments are paused in a dichotomy of the monotonous routine, and absolutely lacking the material ability to actually commit.