I’ve been drawn to the sea for as long as I can remember really (yes all v Moana and my hair isn’t as good!). I live in London now but I grew up just a couple of miles from the sea and we visited often as a family just as weekend jaunt to eat sandwiches or go plodging (it’s northern thing). My favourite place in the world before I explored further afield was St Mary’s Lighthouse near Whitley Bay, just down the road from my little suburbia. Summer holidays were spent gathering with all my cousins and extended family at High or Low Newton where my mam and her sisters had all spent their childhood holidays and being forced into the north sea with nowt but a bikini on (wetsuits were for wimps or professional surfers in the 70s & 80s!).Read More
This past year I have been focusing a lot on personal projects. My latest art series to be published is ‘The Sea, The Sea …’ in which I’ve been exploring the themes of permanence and impermanence, beauty and bleakness and the way light plays and impacts mood and scene.Read More
I’m not sure why Ive been drawn to windows recently. Perhaps it’s the blurred abstract shapes obscured by morning condensation, or night time rain, the lights and shapes and objects merging and reflecting and dispersing that evokes a somewhat somnambulant view of the world. Whatever it is, I know I love the beauty of the simple colours and light reflected through fragments of water droplets. Stunning images perfect to adorn walls as limited edition abstract prints.
Becoming a mother is a momentous event in any woman’s life and for many can overhaul their entire perception of self and identity. So much of our sense of self is tied up in how we are perceived by others.
Psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks compares the transition to motherhood to that undergone in adolescence where our whole role in society is changing combined with huge hormonal changes and that conflict between our old selves and our new. She claims that this can lead to women feeling like they must be depressed or they’re not normal for having these responses, when in fact it is entirely commonplace – it just isn’t talked about or portrayed in media.
Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas Breaking the Taboo focuses on tattooed mothers as a visual metaphor to question how the role of motherhood can subsume and overshadow women’s identities as individuals alongside the stereotypes surrounding motherhood and looks at the women behind the title ‘Mother’.