Belfast Artist Pauline Short In my work I am looking at power struggles within areas of conflicted space, incoroporating nature verus humanity into my conceptual ideas and transforming them into a visual art form. Some of these concerns include dislocation, particularities about place and contestation around language and our responsibility towards those who co-habit and share the space we live in, how survival is achieved living in such spaces.

Philosopher Emile Durkheim founded the school of thought called Functionalism, which maintains that a society, in essence, takes on a personality of its own and could be objectively viewed the way a scientist or physician may regard a living organism. He proposed that cultures have a collective consciousness, where the values and beliefs held by a culture direct the behavior of its members without them even knowing it.

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