The exhibition, curated by XYZ member, Emily West, invited artists who lived locally and artists who had never visited St. Helen’s to respond to the concept of ‘North’. I chose to respond directly to the name of the town, and researched St Helen herself.
I belonged to a collective of artists: StudioXYZ. When we showed together we made work both in response to the given subject and to the individual proposals within the group, a collaborative way of making art that works for us as a group, as well as allowing for our individuality.
Our second exhibition together was “This is the Way The World Ends” for which I created a piece “After z”. I burnt all my dream diaries and journals and the ash was put in glass cylinders (50 x 20 cm). On the walls were 4 x 6 inch photographs that I painted over.
At The American Museum in Britain we each selected an item from their permanent collection, and working with the theme of ‘Migration’ made our responses. Mine was the red/yellow/blue double triptych, “But for Squanto”.
In March 2014 our exhibition “Freud’s House” was shown at Burgh House in Hampstead. I had spent the preceding winter embroidering my dream images and feelings on coat linings.