Eva Payne is an emerging Australian artist living and working on unceded Cammeraygal and Gayamaygal land. She is a multi-disciplinary artist that mostly works with sculptural installations. Weaved with satire, her works are concerned with the political; exploring how the body, brain, gender, sex & sexuality and the changing nature of religion are intrinsically related to such. The aforementioned functions as an instrument to confront and inform her audiences. Recently, she has been interested in Feminist Theory and the concept of erasing. Inspired by abjectness and performance and installation art, she is drawn to immersive artworks that interact with the viewer both intellectually and physically. Through her work, she hopes to provoke questions regarding the structures of power and collective thoughts that govern our lives and actions.
Golf Club Membership?! 2022. Stoneware, ceramic toilet, sound. 250 x 150 x 100cm
Inspired by feminist theory, Golf Club Membership?! Exposes the ignorance regarding tampon tax and period poverty by forcing audiences into the role of the bystander. Ceramic pads tile a floor that foreground a toilet, translating the artworks site of an elevator into the female bathroom, a site for menstrual life. Tiles are something we step on and disregard. The 'softness' of the pad material embodies the public impartiality to the subject's visibility and accessibility. Playing with paradoxes, the work translates this 'softness' into ceramic form, something hard. Through transforming this into something the audience must interact with, the public can no longer ignore reality. As the only access to the fourth floor, the elevator site forces audiences to confront this as they enter and contemplate stepping on the pads. The cacophony created by marrying this indicative cracking sound with the sound of a woman breathing and expressing sighs of relief forms an uncomfortable soundscape that evokes discomfort within audiences. This destruction of pads symbolises the disregard for their accessibility, which is barricaded by financial costs. The tampon tax is the financial burden women carry due to sanitary products. People with uteruses spend almost $10k on sanitary products in their reproductive lifetime. Thus, half of the population is taxed for living, where the other half isn't. Condoms, prescriptions, toilet paper - even golf club memberships are sometimes tax-exempt.
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