Image Her Tree, Video still
A series of memory paintings concerned with the importance of touch. The gouache, ink and pencil pieces were made after discovering my mother’s photographs of swaddling blankets used to distinguish her identical twin babies. They were made during the research project I ran training young doctors in visual literacy in the Dermatology Research Centre at The University of Manchester (based at Salford Royal Hospital).
Oma Dreaming, 2017
A developing project exploring the connection between the desire to capture the 'spirit of the mass' in landscape and the nuances of feeling developing in the state of motherhood/grandmotherhood. The work sets out to create a visual language to celebrate new life, and threads of maternal experience. It will culminate at an exhibition at The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester in 2018.
The Wednesday Notes, 2014
A collaborative project with Spurr House Day Centre, Bury, responding to collections of applied art collections from Bury Art Museum. A series of monoprints and paintings exploring responses to 'evocative' objects formed a pop up exhibition at the Millgate Centre Bury.
Lace and Longing 2012
A research project for Nottingham Trent University exploring the link between Nottingham lace designers post war and the archive of lace collections at NTU. The strong connection to lace though my mother's job as a lace designer resulted in a series of gouache paintings and drawings.
An installation of 180 laser prints at The Chapman Gallery, University of Salford made after a forensic examination of a faded family album, where the dark corners and edges of interwar photographs are recoloured and reimagined to suggest profound absences and losses.
Made on the steps of the Bundestag, the flag dances to the simple tune of a Yiddish lullaby.
From Bohemia, 2006
Images of a collection of antique glass are overlaid by a conversation between mother and daughter about a piece of Bohemian glass that arrived as an engagement present in Nottingham from Chemnitz in 1953. From Bohemia explores the way domestic objects are a rich source for myth making and are charged with an energy that feeds our imaginations. The piece also asks questions about how family histories are transmitted and about the malleability of memory.
Palace of Tears, 2004
Filmed at the train station Friedrichstrasse in Berlin Palace of Tears explores how the present crosses over with the past. The piece suggests that memories are enmeshed in the fabric of the station that and we cannot escape from these, even after borders change, and the fabric of public buildings is renewed. These memories, present in windows tracks and walls, intersect with the voices of today’s travellers.
MA video work, 2002
MA video work, 2002
Touching on issues around memory, trauma and exile Her Tree depicts the silent folding of a cloth embroidered by three generations of women, including my grandmother, mother and sister. Originating in central Europe and embroidered at particular times in the women’s lives, such as during pregnancy or illness, the cloth has come to symbolise survival and celebration as well as separation and dispossession. Her Tree marks the connections between women and the passing on of knowledge and culture between generations
Apfel Strudel, 2002
This series of A6 photographs was made as a text for the cafe wall at Cornerhouse, Manchester. They formed part of an exhibition "Conversations on the Subject of Feminism'. This piece is a celebration of a strong maternal bond; the sharing of stories during the peeling and wrapping of fruit.