Artist Statement

While travelling to South Korea, Daisy Blecker began a line of research into the history of women and children forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. These women, euphemistically called ‘comfort women’ were systematically kidnapped across various countries and trafficked to Japanese occupied territories, where they were sent to ‘comfort stations’. ‘Comfort women’ were routinely raped by Japanese soldiers, and were subjected to violence and often faced death. It’s estimated somewhere between 200,000-400,000 women and children were kidnapped, however this history isn’t being retold, and the voices of survivors have been ignored for decades.

Daisy’s work explores the retelling of the history of ‘comfort women’, and how the forced invisibility of women’s voices throughout history impacts collective memory, as well as the status of women in society. Daisy’s research began with one very specific point in history and is expanding into new areas of exploration.

Daisy’s practice looks at using ceramics and the memory held in clay to retell these lost histories, focussing on the materiality of clay. Her work also utilising video as a means exploring the documentation of testimony.