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Concatenation

Divided into three acts, this work constructs and then deconstructs the impacts of male privilege and assault on the female body. “Act One” discusses how something as violating as touching a women’s body without her permission is seen to be normal and accepting as touching an inanimate object. “Act two” explores the physiological impact and emotional weight of the silence that is carried by survivors of sexual abuse. And in “Act Three” there is emancipation in the space where the veil of secrecy is lifted and survivors can speak freely and safely.

"Friend"

Poem - Digital Video 2019. 00:00:28 This poem speaks on a past experience my female friend encountered with a boy she assumed was her friend who looked through her phone without permission, finding personal photos of her. He sent himself these photos then shared them with his friends and other people without her permission.

So Splash On In

****TRIGGER WARNING**** This video my trigger memories of assault or abuse, please DO NOT watch or listen to this video if you think you could be triggered by any of its content. "So Splash On In" is my response to a law that North Carolina has that states that “no” does not always mean “no” when it comes to sexual consent. Being a victim of sexual abuse myself and having North Carolina as a second home, this law struck me as horrific and appalling.

Job and His Daughters

Job’s Daughters is an organization that recruits young girls to participate in acts of religious ritual and community service. The International Order of the Freemasons is a parent organization of Job’s Daughters. When I was around 14 years old I was inducted into this secret society under the conditions that I was somehow related to a Freemason and that under no condition would I share the rituals we would perform. We were required to wear white robes to display our purity and also required to wrap our bodies with a rope that outlined our breasts and reproductive organs.

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About Caitie

Baltimore City

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Currently, I am a full-time educator at a non-public school teaching Photography and Fine Art to students with learning differences. Politically and socially driven, I often create work as a response to issues of abuse, inequality, and sexism that I combine with aesthetic design and technology. By investigating and incorporating artistic tools and skills, I create work that is not just appealing but also compelling enough to create a conversation. I see my work on two different levels: the exterior,... more

Concetenation

16mm, 2018. 00:06:10

Concatenation - a series of interconnected things or events.

Divided into three acts, this work constructs and then deconstructs the impacts of male privilege and assault on the female body. “Act One” discusses how something as violating as touching a woman’s body without her permission is seen to be normal and accepting as touching an inanimate object. “Act two” explores the physiological impact and emotional weight of the silence that is carried by survivors of sexual abuse. And in “Act Three” there is emancipation in the space where the veil of secrecy is lifted and survivors can speak freely and safely.

  • Concatenation

    Divided into three acts, this work constructs and then deconstructs the impacts of male privilege and assault on the female body. “Act One” discusses how something as violating as touching a women’s body without her permission is seen to be normal and accepting as touching an inanimate object. “Act two” explores the physiological impact and emotional weight of the silence that is carried by survivors of sexual abuse. And in “Act Three” there is emancipation in the space where the veil of secrecy is lifted and survivors can speak freely and safely.

Poetry Series

Poems - Digital Video, 2019.

These short poetry videos touch on political and social issues that I find important to investigate and to share my views related to these topics.

  • "Friend"

    Poem - Digital Video 2019. 00:00:28 This poem speaks on a past experience my female friend encountered with a boy she assumed was her friend who looked through her phone without permission, finding personal photos of her. He sent himself these photos then shared them with his friends and other people without her permission.
  • Fifty Shifty United States

    Poem - Digital Video 2019. 00:00:28 This poem speaks on the lack of trust I see and that others have expressed in our governement.
  • Pillars

    Poem - Digital Video 2019. 00:00:28 This poem speaks on the systemic racism in realtion to our judiciary system that I see in our country and the struggles minorities, specifically men of color, experince.

Job and His Daughters

16mm, 2018. 00:02:33.

Job’s Daughters is an organization that recruits young girls to participate in acts of religious ritual and community service. The International Order of the Freemasons is a parent organization of Job’s Daughters. When I was around 14 years old I was inducted into this secret society. Years later, looking back at the time I spent in this environment and reviewing the practice of performing rituals on weekly basis, the book we followed, and the history of the Freemasons, I wanted to display how strange and haunting this cult was for me and is still today.

So Splash On In - Trigger Warning

Digital Video, 2017. 00:02:23

****TRIGGER WARNING**** This video my trigger memories of assault or abuse, please DO NOT watch or listen to this video if you think you could be triggered by any of its content.

So Splash On In is my response to a law that North Carolina has that states that “no” does not always mean “no” when it comes to sexual consent. Being a victim/survivor of sexual abuse and sexual assault and having North Carolina as a second home, this law struck me as horrific and appalling. This video visually expresses my feelings towards how I see the stories of the victims of assault getting washed away literally by the judicial system and metaphorically on the beaches of North Carolina that are prized and cherished. The audio is unsettling because this law is unsettling and I wanted to create one example of something that auditorily expresses an event that happens every 98 seconds in American, according to RAINN. The final clip of the video is a jarring transition to an ironic ad to visit North Carolina.

  • So Splash On In

    ****TRIGGER WARNING**** This video my trigger memories of assault or abuse, please DO NOT watch or listen to this video if you think you could be triggered by any of its content. "So Splash On In" is my response to a law that North Carolina has that states that “no” does not always mean “no” when it comes to sexual consent. Being a victim of sexual abuse myself and having North Carolina as a second home, this law struck me as horrific and appalling.

Forced To Watch

Forced to Watch, 2017. 00:03:15

This video is a compilation of original and found footage compiled to show how the original films that have influenced our ways of looking at women are still relevant today. In 1973 Laura Mulvey published the essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” discussing the idea of the male gaze where films, such as ones created by Hitchcock, put the spectator in a masculine subject position, with the woman on screen as the object of desire. This video creates a visual connection between those older films and the spectacle of a woman’s body still ongoing in today’s society.

  • Forced To Watch

    "Forced to Watch" is a compilation of original and found footage compiled to show how the original films that have influenced our ways of looking at women are still relevant today. In 1973 Laura Mulvey published the essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” discussing the idea of the male gaze where films, such as ones created by Hitchcock, put the spectator in a masculine subject position, with the woman on screen as the object of desire. This video creates a visual connection between those older films and the spectacle of a woman’s body still ongoing in today’s society.

MyFemaleIdentity

Digital Videos, 2016.

This series of short videos is a response to the way in which society imposes stereotypes on females of all ages, through language, objects, and gender roles. In these performances I express my views on these stereotypes through destruction, violence, and slander. Showing a negative viewpoint conveys the negativity these typecasts have on the way females are perceived and how females in turn can perceive themselves.

Gender Specifics - 00:01:59
I am Unequal - 00:00:39
I am a Woman - 00:00:47

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