Mediated Communication

This ongoing series (began 2018) is about mediated conversation. Using screen interfaces to communicate occludes complex feelings, because it eliminates subtle signifiers like tone and body language. This distance can help establish and reinforce boundaries; it can also create conflict and feed insecurity by making it easier to project inaccurate feelings and intentions onto others.

I am deeply interested in communication as disclosure, specifically around naming or explaining trauma and abuse. Being silenced, disbelieved or minimized deepens trauma – whether the result of intentional manipulation (like gaslighting) or carelessness born of unexamined privilege. Living in the context of our patriarchal and white supremacist culture, I am complicit as both oppressor and oppressed. Visually representing how these complex and subtle power dynamics play out on an intimate, quotidian scale is an attempt to better understand and question the effects this exerts on my relationships and my sense of self.