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“I made ‘Hit Me Baby’ when I was 20. It was inspired by Britney Spears’ treatment in the media, and the ways in which that treatment exposed society’s simultaneous discomfort and fascination with the transition from girlhood to motherhood. I was keen to revisit the work as a response to Britney’s recent freedom from her conservatorship, and also to reflect on how my feelings towards the piece have changed now that I am a mother of a 2‑year-old girl. The video is the origin, both technically and thematically, of almost all of the work I’ve made since. It’s pretty rough and ready, and incredibly pixellated (more so than it was originally because the only remaining copy was a low res version uploaded to Youtube!) However, the fusion of a fairytale setting with pop culture, as well as its combination of a saccharine aesthetic with moments of unsettling darkness, are all tropes and ideas that I’m still exploring in my work today.”
– Rachel Maclean
Closed Captions Captions by Valery Tough
A series of online events established in response to the first lockdown in March 2020. Focusing closely on a single work, these generous discussions provided an opportunity for an artist based in Scotland to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being.