Industrial Foreplay

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Paper, Charcoal, Ink, Coloured Pencil

 

2018 - Ongoing

 

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Don’t Be a Pussy Series # 1, #2 & #3,
22”x30” each
2018

In the Hole – Front Door
3’x16”
2018

In the Hole – Back Window
3’x16”
2018

In the Hole – 5th Passenger Seat
3’x16”
2018

In the Hole – Exhaust System
3’x16”
2018

100% CERTIFIED COCK
28”x19”
2018

 


Industrial Foreplay is an on going body of work influenced by a summer TPT (temporary part time) position at FCA. Pen and ink drawings depict snapshots within the walls of the local Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Assembly Plant where I worked as a general assembly line worker. In that time, I became acquainted with the common colloquialisms that contributed to the line culture and mentality of the local 444 union workers.

Don’t be a Pussy series, is inspired by auto line worker language and behavior. This work is an ongoing series of large ink drawings depicting in high detail an array of automated robotic arm systems. In contrast to the stark, angular and imposing line work of the robots, the drawings also show a kitten in each composition innocently interacting with its menacing counterpart. As a woman who has worked on an assembly line, it becomes very apparent that although there are other women working alongside you, you can be underestimated in your skill or willingness to work hard by your superiors and peers.

In the Hole series, draws inspiration from the phrase “In the Hole”. This phrase used to describe the moment when a worker has gotten behind on a task and the line has to stop moving. In these drawings I am depicting the line with its many parts and mechanisms, with a gaping hole in the line floor. With the literal depiction of a hole, I am trying to convey the very real anxiety a worker can feel if behind in their task.


Photo Credit (Don’t be a Pussy Series): Stephen Nilsson and Crissy Jarvis