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Emily Hartley-Skudder: Petting Aggression

Past Exhibition
27 Jun – 27 Sep 2020
Free

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Petting Aggression, (install view) at The Dowse. Photo by Shaun Matthews.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, The Chair,​ 2018. Steel, paint, synthetic upholstery and foam. Courtesy of the artist

Emily Hartley-Skudder, The Chair,​ 2018. Steel, paint, synthetic upholstery and foam. Courtesy of the artist

Emily Hartley-Skudder, White Eared Elephants, 2018. PVC wall stickers and moulding, readymade ceramic hand basins. Courtesy of the artist.

Emily Hartley-Skudder, White Eared Elephants, 2018. PVC wall stickers and moulding, readymade ceramic hand basins. Courtesy of the artist.

Transforming The Dowse Window into a bathroom / showroom / beauty salon, Emily Hartley-Skudder presents an unsettling mix of clinical and childlike aesthetics, commenting on the politics and pathologising of the female body.

Petting Aggression takes its title from a behaviour found in cats, displayed when a feline feels irritated by being stroked and lashes out. The term raises ideas around consent.

This site-specific installation accentuates the strangeness inherent in everyday objects, questioning what they divulge about us and the expectations we place on our bodies.