My practice examines the concepts of powerlessness and resistance. I use found objects which have been discarded and/or appear to have lost significance. I then create assemblages, intending to bring new meaning to these objects while maintaining some sense of their intrinsic memories or qualities. My practice also includes the use of video to create moving images. Using the sculptures as a subject, I animate inanimate objects, and place them in new worlds to orchestrate new narratives. 

By operating in between something ready made and something high tech or something found and something intervened, I complicate the relations between these objects and allow them to have new haptic interactions. By using objects as disparate as lipstick and gas bottles, antique lace and fuzzy felt, I reference the handmade and machine made, combining my interests in the differences between the traditional and modern.

Powerlessness, whether perceived or actual, of groups and individuals in society, is of great interest to me along with how such difficulties are overcome, particularly with reference to the role of women and also a likely future of increased automation. The traditional and modern is intrinsically linked to this, for example the loss of traditional skills in favour of the mass produced, the once venerated regarded as old fashioned and discarded, disempowered. The proactive nature of resistance and empowerment is a position I probe and intend to provoke the viewer to scrutinise.

Rohaise Shorten