1,2,3 Knockup

Ariel Smith

2007, 05:14 minutes, colour/B&W, English


1,2,3 Knockup examines themes of isolation, guilt and self-loathing through a horror movie’s lens. In this work I wanted to explore the terrifying symbiotic relationship resulting from an unwanted pregnancy. In this case the cohabitation of the body is oppressive and unpleasant. Two organisms living with each other in a sort of parasitism. The roles of host and parasite however are interchanging and ambiguous with one element often presenting itself as the other. Images and signifiers of innocence are contrasted and warped by dark, ominous settings and aesthetics. 1,2,3, Knockup is divided into three parts symbolizing the three trimesters of a full term pregnancy as well as three archetypical stages in a woman’s life: childhood, girlhood and motherhood. Or lack there of.

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