Forgotten Your Password: Series title 'Paper Cuts' (Forgotten Your Password is No.5 of eight)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


Paper Cuts No.5 - Forgotten Your Password
H42cm x W30cm
Work on paper (mixed media)

New technologies can bring many benefits, but the human/computer interface can be a fight for many of us. Passwords can be challenging, with the regular digital admonishment of ‘forgotten your password?’ The implication is that we are a bit stupid, in our heads we may read the computer invitation to ‘Click here to reset your password’ in a bored adult voice, followed by an eye roll. The artwork places us at the centre of getting a ‘telling-off’ and 'nose-nip' punishment from the computer.

The series - Paper Cuts
This series explores the impact of language on mental health. Created through a
combination of collage and drawing techniques, they bring attention to the passive/aggressive phrases and words that are often used to bully and blame individuals. The works feature a clash of cartoon-like imagery and hand-drawn text, highlighting phrases such as “being resilient” and “gentle reminder” that can be used in a harmful manner. Similarly, as technology rapidly evolves, so too does the absurdity of the language we use to describe it. This language is parodied to highlight how it can make us as humans feel anxious, out-of-date, or redundant. The series encourages open conversations about mental health and challenges the notion that individuals can be ‘fixed’, which distracts us from attempting to create a more equal and supportive society. It’s a call to action to rethink the way we communicate and to understand the power of words.

Jac Batey is a contemporary artist from the UK. Her work explores the complexities and nuances of British life through the medium of artists’ books, printmaking, and collage. By utilizing humour as a tool, she reveals the absurdity and beauty of everyday experiences and the shared humanity that connects us all. She is drawn to (and draws) the intersection of visual communication, illustration, and mental health. Her practice focuses on the use of visual narratives and visual interludes as a means of addressing mental health issues, as well as the use of drawing as a research method and coping mechanism.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPale Ire Press
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023


  • art
  • mental health
  • Language and misuse
  • humour
  • satire
  • drawing
  • cyber-fraud

Cite this