© 2019 JORDAN HOLMS

Women's Inheritance:

Gender, Space, and Labor in Clorox's The Laundry Timeline

Making Strange the Domestic Space:

Renovating Relations Between Labor, Commodity, Amateurism, and Theatricality in Jessica Stockholder's Just Sew

Rubbing Up Against Desire

 

This constellation of poems, vignettes and short essays focuses on a series of paintings titled Facings in an attempt to unpack contemporary feminist concerns in relation to desire, sexual difference and the female body as it is negotiated in the urban landscape. In composing this roaming figuration of femininity, I asked: How do I carve out a space for myself? How do I make a home? How do I locate my own feminism as an extension of myself in the urban social climate? In trying to reconcile these competing ideas I venture to take up writers and theorists such as Rosi Braidotti, Audre Lorde, Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze and Hito Steyerl and enter into a conversation about the instances in-between daughters, mothers, seduction, saints, nomadism, armour, urbanity, flesh, rot, decadence and absence.

The Stripping of Altars:

Emergent Meanings of Christian Objects in Western Culture

 

This book is an investigation into three major Christian icons: the crucifix, the purity ring and rosary beads. Having read the literary theorist Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse at the time this project began, I was ruminating heavily on desire, especially within the framework of commodity culture. In a structuralist sense, I began conceiving of religious objecthood as a language that is codified, with the potential to be deconstructed or undone; relieved of its imposed values. How have the mythical properties of the objects engendered them as fetishized commodities, now championed for their profanity, coveted primarily for aesthetic purposes? How do these objects of religious origins form emergent, multiple meanings in contemporary culture? And in what ways have the current social deployment of these icons shifted from their historical functions?