I work as an artist, writer, researcher and lecturer. My practice and research focus on fragmentation – and its many different outcomes in art, literature and life. I ask – bodily and cognitively – how patriarchal division / partitioning / segmentation / “cutting-it-up” of the current Symbolic – for example, from the segmentation of woman’s image within advertising through to the forceful, military insistence on boundaries which divide one nation from another – can be playfully differentiated from and subverted by non-linear – feminine – fracturing.
In imagining, inventing and materialising non-linear, fragmental syntaxes, and in forming new discursive structures for them, I give critical and creative address to existing, normalising examples of fracturing as they appear on the scene. I consider how patriarchal processes of division perpetuates hysteroscopy and (oedipal) fetishism, aiming to confine human sensitivity, pleasure, empathy, intelligence and imagination within patriarchal “outline”, in order to foreclose alternative, equal relations and the possibility of emancipation.
Examples of Symbolic structures I examine include but are not limited to: woman’s body, the gaze, language, intimacy, urban geographies, time and temporalities, modernism, feminism, media and technology, communication, subjectivities, sexuality, eroticism, pleasure, commerce, commodification and economics, institutions, hierarchies, patriarchies, inequality, gendered relations, woman / man binaries, femininity and masculinity, the heterosexual matrix, marriage, parenting, the nuclear family, communities, employment and care.
My critical approach and position are fluid and “a-academic”, being strongly influenced by the work of feminist philosopher Luce Irigaray and my experiences of motherhood beyond patriarchal “outline”. My work intends to realise the potential of Irigaray’s analysis of the anti-patriarchal “outside” and to practice Irigarayan mimesis. I hope to form and encourage morphological and inter-dependent relations of between-ness, in excess of traditional, patriarchal delineation and normalising schema. – Linda Aloysius, 2015