Sam Petersen’s Constant Ecology project looks at the way slow violence has been inflicted upon her, a person with disabilities. Sam has been developing a cookbook that highlights this. Alternate chapters of her writing and her recipes. Throughout the pandemic, Sam has also enacted a series of sculptural works that mimic processes of violence and reparation. Sam cuts a range of everyday products to go in her scrapbooks and repairing the forms with plasticine.
‘I’m interested in what can be done with one’s identity and the space around it.
Of course this is political - often to do with my disability and my sexuality. My work has been focused on access, and the lack of it — to places, people’s minds and opportunities.
I find plasticine is a great subverter of space and potentially of people’s minds. And the continued flexibility of it is something I am really enjoying — covering or filling up gaps and playing with crevices.
But I’m finding that my work is drawing more and more to spoken word as a direct format.’