I have been daydreaming a great deal since the arrival of beautiful Arlo.
In the studio the collage pieces continue in a different form. Reflecting on the the enormity of pregnancy and childbirth the work I think is about the continual reframing and reassembling that happens as daughters become mothers and new threads entwine with older ones.
The earlier motifs I made as a young mother have been pieced together with newer marks and patterns...
After experiencing the magnificent Howardena Pindell show at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge (see image below) I have been reflecting once more on the idea of the painted collage as a space for healing. Pindell articulates brilliantly in her descriptions the importance of making large abstracts in enabling her to work with traumatic subject matter, especially racial violence. The show travels to Bristol soon....
I began writing this blog to share the 'process' of making a new project that brought together the research, collaborations and issues as they arise in the making of a piece of work.