I Thought I Saw It in the Earth and in the Open Sky

Emmaline Carter uses digital photography, video and sound to examine the nuances of existing, remembering and healing after domestic and sexual trauma. Through these mediums, Carter explores how denying the viewer full access to herself and her body can be implemented as a tool to restore a sense of agency that was stripped away with repeated abuse.

Additionally, Carter investigates the afterness of trauma as a site of liminality, and how she and other survivors who exist within this state of in-betweenness may still find it possible to transition away from the unbearable pain of remembering and into a place of healing. This place of healing does not dismiss the gravity of these traumas, nor does it pretend that these traumas will ever truly go away; instead, it seeks to understand how our experiences as victims can lead us to new ways of knowing, and thus, new ways of hoping, dreaming, and living after sexual trauma.

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