My article about Ren Aldridge’s feminist artwork up on Soapbox Press.
“Give us a smile, love.”
Surely that jovial statement can’t be street harassment. The speaker isn’t name-calling or slut-shaming. They aren’t grabbing you or following you along the street – but this comment is more than just a comment; it is a command. Someone else is demanding that you make yourself seem more friendly, amiable and sweet for their gratification. Ren Aldridge, Fine Art graduate from Goldsmiths, recognises this underlying message and challenges it. Through the creation of a large-scale, imposing sculpture, she is turning this intangible ‘passing comment’ into an ‘asshole’ of a sculpture. I met with Ren at her exhibition at ULU Play House Project space to talk about her work and the importance of feminism today.
All of Ren’s work exhibited at the Play House Project centres round the theme of street harassment. The work ranges from the monumental sculpture to interactive maps and includes an accumulative video…
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