CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRL (2019)
Based on personal reflections, this series considers systemic indoctrination and hypocrisy in the Roman Catholic Church.
Heavily playing on Catholic iconography, the work highlights these symbols as the glue that has visually bound the teachings of the Church for centuries and continues to unite its 1.2 billion followers around the world. Alongside the images are words taken from the Catechism (the official book of ‘rules’ for the Catholic faith) as well as stories recalled from my experiences as a teenager educated at a convent school.
It is inspired by the consideration of the binary choices that those in power offer to their followers in attempt to organise society. From a young age, we are guided to cast judgement on others (and often upon ourselves) based on the instructions of a leaders who, all too often, fail to abide by those rules themselves.