The Dislocation exhibition was shown at the Focal Point Gallery in Southend-On-Sea, Q Arts Arboretum space, Derby and the University of Northampton. The work was supported by the Nene Centre for Research. The images explore dialogue between photographs taken in wide ranging woodland and coastal settings, medical illustrations, diagnostic images and images of materials including the artist’s own blood and saliva. This work is intended to provoke cognitive dissonance – the uncomfortable tension that may be experienced from having two conflicting thoughts and beliefs at the same time.
In this context cognition is defined as any element of knowledge e.g. emotion, belief, attitude or behaviour. At a personal level cognition may support an intuitive belief that humans are held within nature and natural order. Increased dissonance can occur for instance through expanded awareness of, and dependency on, science to remedy biological deficiency such as the development of in vitro fertilization to replace natural processes of conception.
The theory of cognitive dissonance suggests that the mind responds to two thoughts and beliefs and suggests that dissonance and conflict can be lessened as the mind feels compelled to modify thoughts and beliefs and create a new psychological equilibrium. The research explored the use of collage to provoke cognitive dissonance. The final exhibition incorporated various groups of large scale, monochromatic images which utilised various collage techniques and imaging technologies from across art and science. The work was manifested as darker narratives around the fictional representation of science, human relations with natural spaces and art and momento mori.