alabamathirteen is an emerging disabled, working class, visual artist, living and working in Leeds. Her practice focuses on her own personal limitations exploring, navigating & negotiating memories & senses in the spaces she occupies as a disabled woman. Her work explores how we occupy our bodies, spaces and places, underpinned by the notion of ‘non-conforming’ bodies, in the broadest sense, as an act of defiance. Who gets to take up the most space? Whose voices get to be heard the loudest?
Photographs and the processes of photography are a reoccurring element in her practice using found as well as new imagery taken through the camera on her phone. She is particularly interested in interrogating and challenging the concept of the veracity of the photographic image. Past work has centred around using a number of photographic processes to create pieces that are then stitched and embroidered to create layers of pattern and distortion, ceveloping a technique using invisible thread and even her own hair to achieve this. The patterns are often repeating and geometric, using embroidery as a representation of braille or sound waves.
Moving forward, alabamathirteen hopes to develop new processes that allow her work to become immersive and multi-sensory. By doing so she hopes to create a bridge of communication between herself, as a disabled artist, and the public she is isolated from by emulating the experiences of disability and building on that concept to find ways of weaving accessibility into her work on multiple levels.
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ART + FILMS + TATTOOS + HORROR + DAVID LYNCH + JOHN WATERS + COFFEE + PINK FLAMINGOS + HALLOWE'EN AT CHRISTMAS