Colony Collapse
       
     
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Colony Collapse
       
     
Colony Collapse

30 “ x 32 “

I make work that addresses women’s relationships to their bodies, and the roles that their bodies have played throughout history. “I am just the messenger, my hands have not marked this history,” is repeated over and over again in the historical documents I encounter during my research of women persecuted as witches. In my work, I try to capture this moment that occurs where society turns away from what is happening, in an attempt to hold the eye open. By using history as a lens to examine the female body, I am able to explore the charged awareness of my own body and identity as a survivor of physical and sexual violence. This piece is an interrogation of the aftermath of trauma, and the manmade halt to women’s transformation to equality, knowledge, and power.

Under the guise of witch, men systematically persecuted women who held knowledge or power, often killing midwives and healers, destroying entire matriarchal communities. "Colony Collapse" compares this history to man’s obsessive control, and resulting destruction in nature. Hundreds of farmed silk cocoons were dyed black and sliced open to display the empty shells left by the worms when they were forcibly removed before fully transforming. The cocoons almost entirely obscure my handwoven linen.

2018-09-24 11.36.39-2 (1).jpg
       
     
2018-09-22 13.16.32-1.jpg
       
     
Kat Howard colony collapse detail.jpg
       
     
2018-09-19 16.33.27.jpg