Burnt Histories the
book of the Ancestry Exhibition
Creating a Collage
If these images have triggered personal family memories, you might wish
to commission a bespoke piece, unique to your own ancestors
I can make a textured, photo-fabric collage using your memorabilia.
I can also help you excavate your stories using family genograms and constellations.
Please contact me for more information.
I have created ghostly portraits
using the torn pieces of lace and faded photographs
carried out of Germany by my Granny and her sisters when they fled the Nazis.
They were always sewing, even before” Kaiser Bill” led the Germans
into World War One. My grandmother had longed to become a doctor, like her
brother, to rip up her sewing, to rip open her corsets and to become herself.
I have ripped, scorched and singed the last fragments of their vanished world
to create a series of ephemeral images. My heat distressed textures and wobbly
embroidery melt us together across time, a reminder of Europe’s burnt
I, too, am the daughter of refugees.