This week I have been invited to guest curate Axisweb’s category of the week, which is currently on the theme of ‘Arts in Health’. See the 12 selected artworks here.
It begins light and flimsy – a small, broken piece of nylon fishing net – but becomes dense and weighty. With each stitch and mark, with each piece of cloth that I wrap around it I feel myself grow calmer. I stay with the work; I anchor myself to it and by doing so I resist the impulse to run. A cloud shape begins to suggest itself, perhaps only I can see it. My son likens the emerging form to a butterfly. But really the work is only itself. I think it is becoming strong enough to take all my feelings. Bits of it are flawed, frayed, damaged, dirty. I keep going, binding it up as one would a bandage and stitching, stitching, stitching. Catharsis comes through repetition until the moment arrives when it can hold itself together.
And then, after the trial, I return to it again. I am a new person – stronger, more determined –there is more work to do. It is not finished yet.
I am pleased to announce that Made In Plymouth magazine have published my new article: The Burden of My Anxieties.
The article proposes that the suffering women feel when in crisis is a commonly shared experience and it considers the role of GP care, in particular the work of the Beacon Medical Practice in Plymouth, in supporting women’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
On 15th June, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to present the first installment of a new work-in-progress ‘Before and After the Trial‘ to fellow artists Clare Blanca, Faye Golley, Marin Karakaya, Admire Ncube and Philippa Wall at Crit 12 at Performance Space in Folkestone, Kent.