Emily Hartley-Skudder: Petting Aggression
27 Jun – 11 Oct 2020
Transforming The Dowse Window into a bathroom / showroom / beauty salon, Emily Hartley-Skudder presents an unsettling mix of clinical and childlike aesthetics, commenting on the politics and pathologising of the female body.
Petting Aggression takes its title from a behaviour found in cats, displayed when a feline feels irritated by being stroked and lashes out. The term raises ideas around consent.
This site-specific installation accentuates the strangeness inherent in everyday objects, questioning what they divulge about us and the expectations we place on our bodies.