Jini Rawlings has just completed her PhD by publication, Dis-locations and broken narratives: articulating liminal and interstitial experiences through a series of moving image and mixed media installations. This practice led research focussed on three video and mixed media installations created and exhibited between 2006-17, Mariners and Migrants: in Search of Home, (developed during a year long residency in the archives of the National Maritime Museum 2005-2006) WAVE/ING, (commissioned as the summer show 2012 by the Aberdeen Maritime Museum 2011/12) and Dear Child, (supported by the University of Westminster 2016/7). These are part of a substantive body of artwork produced since the late discovery of her adoption in 1991. Rawling’s PhD thesis explored how this event and its after effect/affect produced a nuanced response to narratives of migration and exile and how various imagistic and material strategies can be used to explore dissociation and dissonance and the relationship of trauma to creativity. This is situated in relation to other artists working with trauma and memory and to key ideas around post adoptive psychology with reference to other feminist theorists.
Current work in progress continues to visually and aurally explore how some of the ideas on early natal experience and the mother child relationship developed by Bracha Ettinger in her work on the Matrixial borderspace and the gestural movements of the girl child in response to abandonment can be related to both autobiographical experience and wider issues around abandonment and migrations. This uses personally relevant locations in Brixton and Norfolk as starting points. These ideas were touched on in the interpretive dance sequences in the installation Dear Child, inspired by the letters of Lady Mary Montagu.