Lauren Matthews


Lauren Matthews (she/her) lives on unceded Wadawurrung Land in Ballan, Victoria. Lauren is a PhD Candidate at Federation University researching the topic ‘Survival Memories: How representing and naming incest survival could challenge taboos, influence public discourse and ideologies, and contribute to social change through the history and tenacity of materials’. Lauren’s background as an incest survivor provides her with a unique voice. She draws on craft practice to generate social change through the tenacity of materials and explores domestic dichotomies and social issues. Lauren builds on the rich tradition of feminist artists who articulate their trauma through text, textiles, and DIY principles. Lauren’s research transfers private pain into the public sphere and moves the taboo subject matter from private spaces, locked rooms, and silenced voices to a visceral scream – a push and pull between perpetrator and survivor.

Field: Art

Institution: Federation University


Conference Schedule

Human geography, wayfinding, mapping, Physical versus temporal space, digital publics, galleries/museums

Title of Paper

Addressing the Incest Taboo: Materials and Methods as Change Agents.