January 14, 2022 – February 26, 2022
…a delayed reaction to a surprising or significant situation after an initial failure to notice anything unusual —usually used in the phrase do a double take (Mariam-Webster Online)
By utilizing imagery of mirrors, Khadijah Morley’s work in Double Take asks viewers to ruminate on the notion of spectatorship. Emanating from the mirrors in Khadijah’s linocuts is a central gaze that refuses to break eye contact. This unflinching gaze is a placeholder for her own subjectivity in which all are implicated as one gazes with her through a mirrored reflection.
Khadijah Morley (she/her) is a Tkaronto (Toronto) based artist with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Printmaking from OCAD University. Through the process of etching and relief printing, Khadijah explores the complexities of Black womanhood through an autobiographical lens. She often uses self-portraiture to deconstruct the fallacy of a Black monolithic experience. She hopes that her subject matter serves to expand discourse surrounding Black subjectivity. Khadijah’s work invokes notions of hooks’ oppositional gaze and Du Bois’ double consciousness.
An image list is available here.