PLASTICISED SENSATION - JUNE 2019
Plasticised Sensation explores pleasure and the structures of power surrounding the erotic for women of colour. The installation is topped by flesh-coloured vessels containing varnish and the compound plasticiser, which slowly drips down onto elastic bands, fake hair, and the floor. Plasticised Sensation takes inspiration from writer Audre Lorde’s essay, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic is Power” (1984), in which Lorde discusses the power of the erotic and how women have been ‘mis-sold’ what the erotic truly is. Lorde argues that the erotic has been misinterpreted as a fake ‘plasticised sensation’ that is overtly sexual, fake and holds no true room for women’s real pleasure or power. Over time, the varnish dripping from installation appears to transform the work into the Plasticised Sensation.