Working over many years as an artist, film maker, writer and psychotherapist,
I have used creative arts to create and enhance communities by linking lives.
My goal has always been to strengthen the threads which connect us across
beliefs, across ethnicity and across time.
My recent project, Burnt Histories, is a series of haunting collages.
My great aunts had fled to England with their children, homeless, stateless
carrying their embroidery and old photographs, last fragments of their vanished
world. Decades later, I salvaged their ragged pieces of lace; pinning, patching
and singeing them until they melted into my own painting and stitching.
By decorating their lace of another time, another place, I was tracing vestiges
of their life long ago in Germany, a presence now almost beyond living memory.
Joining together with my female ancestors, we have all made our domestic
art, our needlework, a reminder of Europe’s burnt histories.
Publications, paintings, prints, collages