Uneasy Spaces: The Domestic Uncanny in Contemporary Installation Art

  • Fiona Carson


This chapter will consider the intersection of discourses around motherhood and space in the work of four contemporary female installation artists: Rachel Whiteread, Jessica Stockholder, Tacita Dean, and Louise Bourgeois. Their work references domestic and interior spaces and their associations with the maternal body and the uncanny. Freud’s original essay on The Uncanny, published in 1919, developed ideas about the fear generated by the familiar becoming unfamiliar.1 Amongst the examples of the uncanny discussed by Freud, the double, the haunted house, and the maternal womb are relevant to this discussion. The correspondence between the maternal body and the house have been further explored by feminist psychoanalytic writers like Julia Kristeva and Barbara Creed, whose arguments will be drawn on here.


Maternal Body Maternal Origin Interior Space Domestic Space Separate Sphere 
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