She Lives, 2018
silicon, antique Sperm whale and Pilot whale teeth, horse hair, human hair, dog hair, deer hair, steel wire, acrylic, 180 x 67 x 12 cm
Commissioned for HyperPrometheus: the Legacy of Frankenstein at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Erin Coates nods to Frankenstein as a feminist critique of science in an installation titled She Lives. She explores an alternative narrative thread of the resurrection of the discarded female creature created by Frankenstein. For Coates, this creature’s body is reassembled by entities of the deep ocean and then self-animated to realise the potential of female empowerment, otherwise absent from the story.
Laetitia Wilson, Horrible Success: Frankenstein, Hyperobjects and Consequential Monstrosities, from UNHALLOWED ARTS, 2018, UWA Publishing
Read She Lives excerpt from UNHALLOWED ARTS