The Bertha Revolution Manifesto Bertha is sick of your shit. Inaction never favours the oppressed. Post-feminism is a lie constructed to keep us complacent. We will never be silenced.
Bertha, a custom made mannequin from my honours project, The Custom Mannequin Project (2014) informs my masters project, The Bertha Revolution (2017). Bertha is solid, strong and pissed off. The Bertha mannequin was constructed from the body parts of eight different women. Always nude, she has nothing to hide. She's got a toned leg and a flabby leg. One of her arms is shorter than the other. She's not a body type that exists but people still identify with her. The project begins with the manifesto (above).
Produced with a purpose built Arduino controlled drawing machine, the manifesto banners inform the content of 255 A2 posters that draw attention to the sexist, misogynistic and offensive interactions that myself and others experience every day. Two hundred and fifty five 34cm high ceramic Bertha figures serve as a permanent, passionate supporting audience for the posters and drawings. A final 3 metre tall wooden Bertha stands as a monumental figure towering over the works.