A Woman’s Work is Never Done is an immersive experience that exposes the familiar yet unrecognised strain of emotional labour and its relation to modern gender equality. Through media, experience design, reflection, and practising recognition visitors will be able to learn the definition of emotional labour, how emotional labour impacts their own life, and it’s extreme importance in human relationships.
An Interview With... Amanda McFerren
What is your background?
I am an aspiring curator with a BA in history from the University of California Santa Barbra and soon an M.A. from Central Saint Martins in Narrative Environments. I’m 25 years old, hail from California, and am looking to make a career out of immersive storytelling.
What inspired you to study Narrative Environments?
I wanted to be able to take my skills as a writer and researcher and meld them with my creative side to create something new and different. I knew that by joining this multidisciplinary course I would be working with other designers and creatives who also were interested in museums, exhibitions, and creating stories in spaces.
Who/what would you say your key influences /inspirations are?
My major influences come from experience design that brings history to life. My favourites would be the Tenement Museum in New York City, ‘Kirkgate: The Victorian Street’ at the York Castle Museum, and restored historical sites like the Palace of Versailles or the Royal Palaces.
What inspired your decision to choose this topic to build your exhibition on?
When I was deciding on a topic for my major project I knew that I wanted my project to come from a feminist perspective and have a focus on working women. At the time, I thought that this would be some sort of historic exhibition as that’s my background, but once I delved into researching and found the term ‘emotional labour’ it really struck me. It was something I could see present in my life, my mother’s life, my grandmother’s life… an issue that stretched across generations, but didn’t get the same attention as equally important feminist issues.
Do you have any musical influences that inspire your work? Or any particular artists/songs you like to listen to while working?
I wouldn’t say that my work is inspired by music, besides the fact that I love a good girl power jam. One of the most embarrassing facts about me is actually the music I choose to listen to while I’m working on graphics or models… Broadway musicals.
What project are you working on now/planning to work on in the near future?
Currently, I am Project Managing the Narrative Environments 2019 Degree show as well as applying for jobs in London museums! (Cross your fingers)