Surviving a postmemory practice

    This is a post about the effects of working with trauma in a creative practice, and most specifically about using the notion of postmemory to direct research and create output. My project centres on the rupture within my family at the hands of the Franco dictatorship, which in 1939 succeeded in ousting a democraticallyContinue reading “Surviving a postmemory practice”

Crossing The Line

Today’s post is a mediation on the line. The line has become a constant motif in my paintings since the introduction of the typewriter ribbon in Exilio 2014 shown in the first image below. During Q & A after a performance of The Sadness of Being Nothing at Bangor University Department of Modern Languages andContinue reading “Crossing The Line”

The Sadness of Being Nothing

This image is from an assemblage piece called VIGIL, made last winter in  freezing conditions in my studio. It was made to honour Spanish Republican exiles who fled Spain to be held captive behind barbed wire in the interment camps on the beaches of France in February 1939. This post is about that moment whenContinue reading “The Sadness of Being Nothing”

Ode to Shelter

The visual poetics had me quite breathless today at the glorious Abbey at Sutton Coutenay, Oxfordshire. My assemblage, entitled Refuge has survived 11 nights sleeping rough and today in the late Summer sunshine finds echoes in it’s surroundings. What an extraordinarily beautiful place this is. Visit if you can – open 1-5pm until Saturday 3rd October forContinue reading “Ode to Shelter”

This is What I Do

This post is visual and follows on from my discovery of Amanda (now Mel) Baggs’ 2007 video, In My Language. The original post about Mel’s video is called I See Myself. Half homage, half exploration – I continue to see myself anew. Feeling my way into thinking, knowing, planning and fluid speech through tactile experienceContinue reading “This is What I Do”

I see myself

Objects vibrate, resonate, empathise and chatter. Objects speak. I’m so very grateful to Steve Silberman for introducing me to Amanda Baggs (now Amelia/Mel) on p16 of  NeuroTribes.  In 2007  a CNN video entitled ‘In My Language‘ featured Mel’s autistic language, consisting of wordless singing and stimming with objects and in response to the environment. In myContinue reading “I see myself”