OPPRESSURE TEST (2019)

 

The Rotter Test is a psychological exam created by psychologists Julian Rotter and Janet E. Rafferty in 1950 to measure ones perceived mastery - or lack of - over their circumstances. Each ‘question’ describes a scenario with two contradictory statements: one represents a lack of control over an event (External locus of control) while the other assumes personal responsibility over its outcome (Internal locus of control). Since the Test is odd-numbered, it categorizes the test-taker as E or I based on which type of answer they believe is more true.

  Although this assessment rarely leaves the office or therapy session, the institution of binary choice echoes beyond. Marginalized citizens often criticize this illusion of fulfillment and construct other modes of existence and performative determination. Those with structural power in systems large or small begin to think: What’s the best way to punish this naïvety? To imply that a toleration of inequity is the only moral way to live - ignorant of class, race, and neurodiversity? 


In OPPRESSURE TEST, the artist assumes a position of power to condemn their own shortcomings. Already convinced thateveryperson is responsible for their circumstances, the exam can’t decide which of these new statements will beat them down more for thinking otherwise.

photo 20 x 13.3 in