‘Whirlwind’ is a photo series exploring the cyclical nature of abusive relationships.
With 2 women a week being killed by former or ex partners in the UK alone, and 1 in 3 women developing serious mental health issues when leaving a perpetrator, I feel domestic abuse needs to be more often addressed and articulated in varying and emotive ways.
As I await my perpetrators release from prison later this year, I am making work that confronts an ongoing epidemic of abuse within society, passed on unknowingly through generations. I am attempting to rework typical ways of talking about domestic abuse, representing more complex definitions for abused women than just ‘victim’ or ‘survivor.’
Calling upon traditional portrayals of female psychosis in horror films mixed with a hyper-feminine colour palette, there is an ambiguity in genre, situated somewhere between romance and horror, the work questions the differences between past and present, mother and daughter, truth and lies.