BA (Hons) Fine Art
Jade Ashleigh Squires
Spliced, assembled and bound. Misshapen and distorted female beauty, mutilated and distorted by the male gaze.
Delving into the excess of the archive, Jade-Ashleigh Squires explores the depths of memory by repurposing forgotten materials to provoke dream sequences and elude the viewer’s conscious.
Fragmented, loaded artefacts display the significance of time and psychological states, where the juxtaposition of pornographic media is used to highlight female victimisation through the male gaze within glamour and sexuality. Piles of collated images and documents scatter across her studio creating a comforting chaos. Working across mediums allows for an emphasis on process, and for viewers to connect with the collections. Squires’ work emerges from experiments with the analogue processes of film and photomontage, exploring the history of the archive, women’s identity and desires within it.