In 2017, I gave evidence in court against my former partner who stood trial on domestic abuse related charges. The court process was immensely stressful but my two young children and their father responded by pulling closer together around me. Family reflects on my experience of this tightening of bonds, which put courage into my heart and helped me to feel strong as a mother and as an individual and get through the court case.
The story behind the materials:
This work contains pieces of clothing previously worn by my family including an entire blouse given to me by my mum. Also incorporated into the piece are drawings made by my children and found pieces of fabric we found washed up on my local beach. I sourced the linen in the piece when I was living in Germany just after my son was born. I knew that one day it would serve a purpose in my work, and gathering materials for future use was one of the ways I kept my artistic practice going after my children were born.