KALI or Kaleidoscopic Paintings

1993–94

is the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, or shakti. The name of Kali means black one and force of time, she is therefore called the Goddess of Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation, and Destruction.

The confused refracted images seen through the kaleidoscope, creates a metaphor for a different perspective arrived at through the need and through the searching for an articulate language to emphasize a female perspective of culture.
The mirror employed in this way is an appropriate symbol, a reflection of reality, recognizable yet removed from the original, the object,the photograph. This need to create a world which is refracted is derived from a sense of feeling and seeing differently from the pervasive cultural environment, that of the historically male subject.

Though the mirror has many cultural references, I use it because I am drawn towards a search for new philosophies, which I , as a female subject can identify with.
Through reading the work of Luce Irigaray I have taken on board her use of the word “speculum “, which in literal terms is a medical instrument used to see the interior of the vagina, whose owner in order to view herself must make use of a mirror, and so I use the idea of a kaleidoscope which literally can look round corners; plus I like the idea that the vagina becomes more visual in a metaphoric sense, because to look empowers the subject.

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