In 2005 my mother was diagnosed with dementia, and she began a slow decline where we became separated. Over the past five years she has gradually lapsed into silence.
This artwork is inspired by a lucid dream in which I heard her voice clearly again. We were sat together in a boat with two bench seats, set on still water and lit by moonlight. I awoke comforted, relieved that we were finally able to talk.
Ambiguous or ‘frozen’ loss is a kind of bereavement, felt when a person is present, but not be mentally or emotionally in touch.
The show is in The Swiss Church, Endell St. I’ve been thinking about this piece for a long time, looking for the right setting – I think this is it.
It’s a sculptural light installation, featuring sound.
The Artists talk on 23rd Feb at 6pm will include a discussion with psychotherapist Susan McGrath.