Where Rock and Hard Place Meet (2018) is a fictitious site that releases the suppressed voices of women from the quarried rock found in and around Wirksworth, Derbyshire. In this work, a theatrical amphitheatre is occupied by a cyber-organism from the future, who voices a muddled collection of narratives mined from local archives and historical texts. Comprising testimonies about and from women who have been doubted, questioned and persecuted in different forms over the past seven centuries, the accounts are interspersed with contemporary newspaper articles and academic quotes to reveal a pattern of mistrust, accusation and injustice that continues to affect women’s lives in the 21st century.
where rock and hard place meet, 2018. Digital photograph printed on fabric, looped video with audio, quarried rock. 6m x 2m.