Abject is defined as, of something experienced or presented to the maximum degree. In my practice-based research, I aim to answer the question, if contemporary jewellery can adequately visualise concerns regarding the abjectification of the scared female body, post-surgery?I aim to use the subject of female post-breast cancer patients through an abject lens, defined by Julia Kristeva, and how their bodies have changed, creating scarring and leaving permanent alterations to some extent. The altered female body, after undergoing breast cancer-related surgeries, leave the patient questioning her femininity or identity, and in addition, the scarred female body does not fit into the idealized image of a femaleI have been inspired by the skin and scarification, along with the breast and breast tissue. I have used silicone to mimic and act as a representation of skin, as well as to create abject within my work, visually and by texture. Along with wood, sterling silver and glass, I aim to produce a series of work through my personal interpretation of the research and to explore different materials in order to identify ways to adequately visualise and represent an abjectified female body.
My work questions the female body and how society views it, adding a new “normal” within society. The purpose of my work is to act as a conversation starter to the audience about the traumatic experiences faced by breast cancer patients. And allow for questions to be asked and answered about how these altered female bodies can be accepted into society. I do not want my practical work to necessarily adorn scarring, but rather bring awareness to what is commonly found, not only on cancer patients.My inspiration for this concept is my mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of thirty. Though she is long clear, she still stands as an inspiration for me and my sisters.