“If love is a drug then I guess we’re all sober “
Nerina Pallot - singer
Dory has focused on the ‘outsider’ in society. Especially those with mental illnesses and the homeless A definition of an outsider is a person outside a specific group. This theme has proved to be problematic, the boundaries between who is in and who is out in society are blurred. Depending on the contexts and circumstances anyone can be an outsider.
Dory has extended her practice to be more inclusive of the wider society this way she hope that the viewer could relate to those who have mental health difficulties or distress. These distinctions for her are becoming blurred, anyone can experience distress, depression, grief etc. as well as feeling isolated in society. I feel the examination of the theme of isolation is a reflection of her own experiences.
Dory have chosen to use the word neglected or overlooked to describe people, she wishes to use as a subject. She has used plastic bags as a visual metaphor a throw away product. To state that some people are thrown away by society. The obvious group of people is the homeless.
Throughout this course she has wanted to elevate or celebrate neglected people. To re dress the power relationship between the powerless and those with status.
Because there are not really defined distinctions on who is an outsider and who is mad she has directed her investigation from the neglected persons point of view. In order to create links and interactions between groups of people and the viewer, more than the usual giving charity or avoiding the person but an equality and recognition of a person rather than just a victim of circumstance.
these portraits are from figures from this installation they represent a cross section of society. I wanted there to be relationships between these figures.
This is a drawing of a homeless figure sleeping on the floor. It references pavement artists and the colourful chalks I used to draw the figures in the crowd on the wall, or passers-by. This is to connect them with figure on the floor I wanted this to be understood that we are all human and this can happen to anyone. The image below is a hat made out of magazines and newspaper. I had put in a little bit of money in it at the opening night show people had added to it and some was taken or stolen we think by children
This part of my show was a room in the back of my original space that was used for storage and is also an office I liked this space because it is neglected and overlooked like the people I am representing. I covered as much space as I could with colourful children's stickers to celebrate the space and so you can also see what is behind them. Artists have wrapped and covered rooms I wanted the room to still be visible. The space could be acessed through my priginal space.