Ceramic, steel, copper, oak, enamel paint
Domestic postal scales
Used house brick
Two vintage castrating tools
A used house brick representing a suburban domestic home, on which scales are placed, firmly situates the circumstances of the injustice being weighed.
“Home” is supposed to be safe. Home, usually expresses belonging and love in relationship with family or partners. My work explores the devastating experience of many women, that home is the most dangerous place of all. I explore the taboo subject of violence against girls and women, in particular sexual violence, referenced by the castrating tools.
Australian studies indicate that domestic and family violence contributes more to death, ill health and disability among women who are under 45 years of age than any other factor.
The work refers to the scale of violence experienced by women and the injustice experienced by victims, especially when it comes to domestic violence. Rather than being brought to justice, male perpetrators are most often protected and idealised by those around them whilst female victims are silenced and made invisible, only to suffer further trauma by this continued abuse and neglect by those who are supposed to take care of them. Such unjust scenarios we have seen mirrored in the Catholic Church’s handling of child abuse by its clergy and members.