toughened glass
1350H x 200mmW
Open numbered edition

Series: Glazed I’s

Reflecting the viewer and the room, the transformative Suffragette projects the power of the first women’s movement into the present tense. The polished and poised I-form, a symbol of agency and independence, echoes the voices of the nineteenth-century activists who fought for changes to laws preventing women from holding the rights of a ‘person’, a precursor to social, economic and political equality. The film of jet-black ink amasses the thousands of quill signatures of women on petitions to Parliaments in nations across the globe. In Aotearoa, 25,000 women signed petitions to New Zealand's Parliament demanding voting rights, and 90,290 women voted for the first time in 1893, each individual act of strength advancing collective human rights.

As the Roman numeral for One or First, the I-form signifies Aotearoa New Zealand’s leadership as the first nation to grant every woman the vote. The first person pronoun also revives a second wave feminist tenet: the personal is political, and reclaims the pronoun as contemporary currency. Independent and androgynous, the toughened text asserts new ground and, in its highly reflective surface, includes every-one.

Each sculpture is signed and numbered in an open eiditon in recognition that there can be no limit on the number of Suffragettes.