Post traumatic meditation, realization, and growth. A secret story hidden within intricately illustrated anxiety. The 33 hour performance spanned two weeks. A goal was set and met. Afterwards the piece was painted over to give it an existence as ephemeral as the experience of making it. Subtly, the fragments of prose told my account of being raped, sewing the narrative of memories and highlighting unresolved issues.
"All work on the soul takes the form of a circle, a rotatio." -Thomas Moore
Rape Culture on Campus by Meredith Minister
In 2018, Meredith Minister, professor of Religious and Gender Studies at Shenandoah University, reached out to me . She had read about Rotatio in one of the press articles, and requested to use an image of the piece as the cover for a book she was writing on rape culture on campuses with Lexington Press. I was thrilled an honored to share my work with the powerful academic guide she writing to help the world understand the complexities behind the culture that excuses and condones rape.
“Rape Culture on Campus explores how existing responses to sexual violence on college and university campuses fail to address religious and cultural dynamics that make rape appear normal, dynamics imbedded in social expectations around race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability. Rather than dealing with these complex dynamics, responses to sexual violence on college campuses focus on implementing changes in one-time workshops. As an alternative to quick solutions, this book argues that long-term classroom interventions are necessary in order to understand religious and cultural complexities and effectively respond to this crisis. Written for educators, administrators, activists, and students, Rape Culture on Campus provides an accessible cultural studies approach to rape culture that complements existing social science approaches, an intersectional and interdisciplinary analysis of rape culture, and offers practical, classroom-based interventions.”
You can find out more and purchase the book at Rowman & Littlefield (or Amazon).
Rotatio (short documentary)
Rotatio's documentation, a video directed and edited by myself and Ian McClerin, premiered on January 24th at Slamdance Film festival in Park City, Utah in the Ballroom at Treasure Mountain Inn. Rotatio has also screened at the Heartland Film Festival, the 54th New York Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, and AFI Documentary Film Festival.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 2014
Photos by Ian Matthew McClerin