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Sojourner Mayer

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Degree: Sculpture and Environmental Art
University: Glasgow School of Art
Graduation Year: 2020

New Blood Art Statement

Sojourner Mayer’s wearable art is the result of deeply personal explorations into intimacy. What does it mean to conjure desire out of thin air? Or how might the paid and ritualistic acts involved in sex work compare with cultivating a craft? A sense of ceremony is brought to her pastel- coloured pieces, each a meditation on how pleasure is secured and succumbed to. Exploring a variety of techniques such as knitting and bead looming, colours transform into centralised graphics and cosy forms. These tactile objects specifically exist as keepsakes alongside her performance art practice; both aiming to challenge the binary presentation of sex work in popular media. Choosing neither to glamorise nor demonise, Mayer opens up nuanced spaces of dialogue that attune viewers and audiences to her colourful reality.

Artist Statement

I am a sculptor and performance artist recently exploring my relationship with sex work. By working with craft techniques such as looming, knitting and embroidery I create often wearable pieces that are symbolic of an industry that is invisible and unknown to many.  

I hope to create a contrast between my constant and masochistic tendency towards using labour intensive techniques, and my fascination in selling an intimate experience working as a stripper. I aim to create a dialogue with an audience through my own experiences that will challenge the misconceptions around sex work. I want to show the reality of this work rather than the devious or over exaggerated glamorous way it is presented in the media.

Many of my hand knitted pieces were made during lockdown where I was staying with family. This was my way of expressing my relationship with sex work and the importance that my job is to me, whilst not being 'out' as a stripper with my family. 

Original works:

Strip Comic Blanket

By Sojourner Mayer

2020 Graduate

£800

Stripper (Cash on Fire) Knit

By Sojourner Mayer

2020 Graduate

£800

Stripper Knit (Purple Pleaser)...

By Sojourner Mayer

2020 Graduate

£400

Stripper Knit (Pink Pleaser)

By Sojourner Mayer

2020 Graduate

£800

Stripper Knits Collection

By Sojourner Mayer

2020 Graduate

£2000