FDA Graphic Design, Camberwell College of Arts 2018
Tory's collaged pieces are intended as personal expressions of the human condition. They engage with the poetry of the female body, its connection with nature and the fluidity of the female imagination. Through her work Tory also attempts to visualise a questioning of reality and societal conventions. The pieces take inspiration from dreams and through use of the ‘chance’ nature of the medium of collage, they aim to break free from the upfront appearance of reality.
Tory is also greatly inspired by the poetic writings of Hélène Cixous and her advocating for the liberation of the female body from the shackles of patriarchy. “I, too, overflow; my desires have invented new desires, my body knows unheard-of songs... Write your self. Your body must be heard. Only then will the immense resources of the unconscious spring forth.” - Hélène Cixous
In her work Tory uses collage because she enjoys the element of chance in the medium. By saving a collection of random images, they can be worked into pieces perfectly for unintentional juxtaposition. There is also appeal in the layering effect of collage and its possibilities of revealing and concealing. Tory hopes the audience will find intrigue in her work and are inspired to question their own experience of reality.
"Whilst my pieces are deeply personal expressions of my own femininity, I hope they connect with a wider audience as expressive of the human experience."