The notion of labour is not new to Vatanajyankur’s practice, as she has undertaken similar strenuous physical tasks in many of her past videos. In her earlier work The Dustpan (2014) she is strapped upside down and dragged repeatedly across the floor, her hair sweeping away at the ground inches away from her face. In another, The Scale (2015), she balances herself against the ground, with her feet pointed upwards, acting as a platform for a plastic crate that catches the debris of watermelon pieces being dropped onto her. All of these performances seek to examine the psychological, social and cultural ways of viewing and valuing the challenges of women’s everyday labour. Her body becomes a site where multiple themes can be explored, from ideas of feminism and oppression to the endurance of the body.
Splashed is a progression of this body of work. And though her subject matter may change, what remains at the center of her work, through the varying backgrounds and positions, which she assumes, it is uncomfortable that drive us to experience with the artist.