'Her Voice', 2012
Video, black-and-white, silent; 4 min. looped
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
In this video loop, one of a group of newworks made specially for the exhibition, Hayescycles through descriptions of female voices taken from newspapers dating from the nineteenth century to the present. Ranging from ostensibly objective accounts to critical judgments, these citations reveal ways in which voices are evaluated and, as a result, what borders are imposed around the individual. Implicit in these citations are assumptions of gender, an important factor in the complex relationship between speech and its reception and interpretation. By substituting firsthand reports for actual speech, Her Voice explores the tension amongthe written, verbal, and embodied voices.