COERCIVE CONTROL

My work focuses on Coercive Control and aims to highlight the impact that emotional abuse has on the victim. Work in progress for my final show portrays emotions felt and the havoc it plays with the mind. Through ceramic processes I create portraiture sculptures using facial expressions and concepts in the head itself to highlight just a few of the many emotions felt by the victims. My overarching intention is not to shock or disturb, but to inform the viewer and offer an insight into how damaging this form of relationship can be. Due to the nature of coercive control the victims are often not aware of what is happening to them. Current work for this project combines all selected images here to be displayed in one single sculptural piece.

WAKING UP


Beginning to emerge from an unconscious state of mind to a conscious state of mind. Really seeing things clearly for the first time.  

WAKING UP Image

DON'T UPSET THE BALANCE


Fear based control makes the victim afraid to upset the balance. Objects (emotional and physical) have been purposely placed by the perpetrator onto the victim to stop any attempt of escaping.   

DON'T UPSET THE BALANCE Image

SPACE


Desperately craving for headspace due to constantly being bombarded with words and actions targeting the mind.  Just to imagine space inside of the head gives a sense of tranquillity. 

SPACE Image

SLEEP IS A WONDERFUL THING


Purposely woken; kicked, prodded or nudged if sleeping. Why? Is it due to the fact that a sleeping mind is at peace and cannot be thrown into chaos, or is it possibly because the perpetrator cannot ‘control’ whilst the victim is sleeping?

SLEEP IS A WONDERFUL THING Image

ROUND AND ROUND


A roller coaster ride of emotions going around the head with its twists and turns, going slowly uphill until it peaks at the top and descends hastily at speed to level out, but not for long. 

ROUND AND ROUND Image

CONSCIOUS


To feel consciously awake with a new found confidence to overcome challenges and obstacles that will purposely be put in your way to stop you from escaping and getting your required freedom.

CONSCIOUS Image

LOCKED IN


Locked in a cell through lies, manipulation and actions to hurt the victim. Scarred forever. Where will it all end and what will be next?

LOCKED IN Image

MEDITATION


Learning how to stay calm on the inside when there is chaos on the outside.  Strengthen the mind, focus on the desired end result and feel empowered to keep going.

MEDITATION Image

SWIMMING IN MY HEAD


Waves crashing frantically inside the head from side to side. Feeling of turmoil with each motion, like swimming in deep seas.

SWIMMING IN MY HEAD Image

Spitting it out


Spitting out all the emotional abuse stored inside.  This sculptures aims to represent the physical sickness felt on realising that all abuse aimed at the victim was not by chance but meticulously planned.

Spitting it out Image

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Steph Matthews

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  • Degree show 2020
    • Master of Ceramics