Dear Child is a mixed media installation comprising 3 asynchronous video loops projected through 9 printed silk hangings. The artwork is Inspired by the familial letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) writer, traveller and proto-feminist; one of the mothers I never had. It is a personal /imagistic response to her various incarnations as (M)other, Performer and Exile. The installation comprises 3 HD video loops of interpretive dance sequences, developed from background research entitled, The (M)other, The Performer and The Exile that are projected onto and through 3 rows of semi-transparent printed silk hangings. The images on the silk relate to various aspects of the life of Lady Mary and the locations recorded during the research process. The work is inflected by the feminist theories of Luce Irigaray, the visceral resonance of the Matrixial space explored by Bracha Ettinger and the narrative gaps identified by Lawrence Kirmayer in Landscapes of Memory, Trauma, Narrative and Dissociation. As the spectator moves through the installation the layering of images and the fugitive nature of the movements of both the projected dancer and the silk can reflect some of the liminal and interstitial states experienced when identity is under erasure.
Jini Rawlings makes multi-screen video and mixed media installations inspired by ‘stories’ found in archives. She retraces/reframes historic journeys and films in key locations related to these narratives to create contemporary artworks. These typically combine projections onto or though glass and silk panels to explore experiences of dissonance and dis-location, inflected by the personal effects of late discovered adoption. Her subjects have included 19th century Child migration to Canada, the WW2 voyages of a trawler captain and 19th century woman traveler to Iceland, Boy sailors in the East India Company at the time of the 1857/8 uprising as well as site specific installations on Emma Lady Hamilton, early feminist Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon and artist and muse, Lizzie Siddal. Her installations have been exhibited in museums and National Trust houses, including the National Maritime Museum, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Uppark House and Duff House.