Class of 2023 • Sculpture

Arlene Caffrey

Arlene Caffrey
Limerick School of Art and Design


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


My performance art practice is an autotheoretical research-led exploration of embodied experience and identity, symbolized by sculptural fragile and fracturing stiletto shoes.Underpinned by the Deleuzian concept of ‘becoming-woman’ as a conceptual framework, this practice seeks to create not only a sense of wonder at what a body can do but to explore the collective consciousness of signifiers, employing feminist epistemology that Jones says ‘…must acknowledge not only the temporality and processual nature of identifying but also the intersectional quality of how and what we identify in ourselves and others’ (2012, p. 177). In this theme, I have created a series of sculptural artefacts and experimental enquiries of live performance, with resulting performative works in moving image and lens based media employing Fournier’s definition of autotheory as a method for creating artworks that ‘…integrate the personal and the conceptual, the theoretical and the autobiographical, the creative and the critical, in ways attuned to interdisciplinary, feminist histories’ (2021, p. 18).References:Fournier, L. (2021). Autotheory as feminist practice in art, writing, and criticism. Cambridge: MIT Press.Jones A. (2012). Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts. London and New York: Routledge.
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