Eating, sleeping and working in the same space, brought fluidity to my days spent at the Mothership. I found myself drifting from one activity to another with ease, something that doesn’t seem to happen in my home studio. The work, I had originally intended to focus on for the seven days, did not take place. Instead, a new dreaming and ideas settled in, encouraging me to experiment in unfamiliar ways with familiar mediums.
Inspired by the wildness of the surrounding forest and a copy of singer/songwriter/performance artist, Kate Bush’s book ‘How to be Invisible’ (a birthday gift from my mother) I played with text, sound and digital filters. Many of Kate Bush’s lyrics reference witches and witchcraft. I focused on two songs, The Hounds of Love and Waking the Witch. Working with selected lyrics and presenting them in contrasting realities of the forest outside my window and the digital world. Instagram was used as a virtual gallery, mapping my journey throughout the residency.
I drove to the beach on a day when it did not stop raining. Setting up camp in my car, I ate takeaway chips while listening to Kate Bush songs on the cd player. Allowing tears to flow freely when they came and singing along when I wanted. Following the lyrics of songs word by word, marvelling at the nonsensical poetry of them.
Eye of Braille
Hem of Anorak
Stem of Wallflower
Hair of Doormat
Evenings, at the Mothership were spent listening to podcasts about mental health by Fearn Cotton, Russell Brand, Stephen Fry and Dawn French. This is something I rarely have the opportunity to do in my “ordinary” life. It was a reminder of how important self-care is, especially, with the physical, emotional and psychological conflicts that can arise when being an artist and a mother.