New Model Army: Invisible Labour
In this exhibition of new works, Linda Aloysius investigates the issue of invisible labour,
bringing visibility to the effects of different forms of hidden and
unrecognised work carried out by women.
Ryder Project Studio Residency exhibition
18 to 22 April 2018
Exhibition open daily from 12noon to 5pm
Linda Aloysius Fresh (2017)
(Frontal and Reverse Views)
Mixed Media Approximate Dimensions h: 188 w:58 d:45cm
In this exhibition of new works*, Linda Aloysius investigates the issue of invisible labour, bringing visibility to its effects on women.
The term invisible labour refers generally to women's obscured and / or under-valued emotional, psychological and physical work and the effects of this on their embodied subjectivities.
Much of the labour that women do is inside and invisible in both a literal and less obvious sense. Women work within the home and 'behind closed doors', often in unpaid and under-valued service to the domestic environments they are structurally and emotionally connected to. Women also work internally in the sense of responding emotionally and psychologically to provide support and care to others, often experiencing the additional burden of guilt or shame if they refuse caring roles.
For working mothers, including working mother artists, invisible labour can also involve the complex juggling and co-ordination of often seemingly irreconcilable childcare needs with the demands of employment structured along patriarchal lines. Whilst single mothers worldwide continue to labour under the effects of their political pathologisation, women generally work to overcome class, gender and racial divides, all the while bearing the burden of objectification, including through the screen and screen related experiences.
The inequalities caused to women by the effects of invisible labour are often extreme; the psychological work and practical hardships involved in coping with and overcoming experiences of marginalisation mean that the future of women's creativity remains uncertain and precarious.
Invisible labour and its effects on women have been historically under-represented in the art world.
Through her new works, Aloysius asks: What new values are activated when the effects of women's invisible labour are made visible?
Linda Aloysius completed her doctoral research at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2017.
Her practice-based research draws from her life-long, intimate connection with hands-on making and her personal experiences as a single mother. Originally emerging from a working-class background, Aloysius has defied longstanding, structural inequalities to combine paid employment, motherhood and artistic practice, all the while navigating the fine art higher education landscape and its various politics and possibilities.
* The works in the current exhibition develop Aloysius' ongoing series New Model Army and are generated through her year-long residency in The Ryder Project Space at A.P.T. The New Model Army is a working one, aiming to investigate and combat the historical inequalities experienced by women whilst celebrating women's strength in overcoming adversity.